9 times out of 10, home fixes you should complete before selling your home are not expensive. Assuming you have kept up with basic home maintenance over the years, you should be able to complete these home repairs and improvements quickly and at a reasonable price.
Here are the five home fixes to complete before selling your home:
Home Improvement Start: The Little Things
Are there outlets where only one plug works? And what about that faulty light switch? There are likely some areas in your home that haven’t been functioning properly for a while, and you’ve been fine with that. However, a potential buyer expects everything to be in working order, so be ready to fix all those minor yet bothersome issues in your home.Broken latches, dings in the walls and burned out light bulbs will need your attention.
Fresh Paint or New Home? Your buyers won’t be able to tell!
You’ve probably heard this over and over, but for good reason. Fresh paint inside your home creates a world of difference. Whether you decide to tackle it yourself or enlist the help of a professional, this home improvement project is bound to work wonders for your living space! Opting for neutral colors, such as timeless whites, is a foolproof choice that will breathe new life into your home while effortlessly concealing any imperfections, cracks, or accumulated dirt from years gone by.
Address Structural and Mechanical Problems You’ve Let Slide
Prospective buyers may be deterred by issues with the internal mechanisms of your home. If your HVAC system is nearing the end of its lifespan or the electrical panel struggles to handle simultaneous operation of multiple appliances, it would be advisable to either replace them or negotiate for a credit during the closing process. Home buyers will be paying attention to the high price tag items in your home – roof, HVAC, hot water heater, electrical panel, and major appliances. It’s prudent to have proof of the age of all the systems and any warranties that are still in effect. If you aren’t able to update these items in time to sell, talk to your Usaj Realty agent about how this may affect your pricing strategy.
Examine the Home’s Exterior and Make Necessary Repairs
The exterior of your home often gets overlooked, but it plays a crucial role in its overall value. If you own a home with a stucco finish, it’s important to address any cracks by filling and texturing them to match the color seamlessly. Additionally, make sure all windows are in proper working condition and don’t forget to give them a thorough cleaning before any showings. By paying attention to these details, you can enhance the appeal and value of your home. Spotless windows enhance the views from inside the home and reflect the pride of ownership. Examine the rain gutters and downspouts, and make sure they are clear of debris. The downspouts should be directing water at least six feet away from the home’s foundation with a variety of extensions or splash blocks.
Home fixes don’t end there, let’s talk curb appeal
Make a favorable first impression with your potential buyers and spend some time enhancing the entrance to your home. By adding some items as simple as a new welcome mat, flowers, and a summer wreath as well as perhaps a freshly painted door, your home’s curb appeal will be boosted. Be sure to have the lawn moved, shrubs trimmed and any dead tree limbs removed. Many people place a high premium on outdoor spaces so your deck or patio area should shine just like the interior of your home. Containers with fresh plants and flowers, bird feeders, a firepit and cheerful outside seating area are sure to make a great impression with your buyers.
If you are considering selling your home this summer or fall, please contact us at Usaj Realty or call us at 720-398-2999. With over 50 years of collective experience, we will expertly manage your transaction from start to finish, ensuring you clarity throughout the entire process and that your property sells for the highest possible price.