6 Things To Fix Before Listing a House For Sale
- Caroline S. Logan
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Real estate is booming, and this is an ideal time to move up. This could be a win-win solution for you because while you’re now looking to buy a new home, there are potential buyers for your current property. However, the value of your house depends a lot on its condition once you decide to list it for selling. With simple repairs, retouches, and some renovations, you can sell your property for top dollar.
Nothing is more disheartening than seeing a potential buyer walk away or undervalue your home after an open house inspection. Thus, prevent this from happening by considering these vital things to fix before you list your home for sale.
- Ceilings and walls. Look out for nail sized holes, discoloration, uneven surfaces, and minor dents in the walls and ceilings. Do necessary repairs upon finding these small damages, because these can devalue your home. Replace any areas that were damaged by water. This procedure can be cheap, but it has a significant effect on the appearance of the interior.
- Faucets, sinks, and pipes. Prior to listing with a real estate agent or posting online for sale, inspect the general water and drain system at your home. Pipes, hoses, and other features should be leak-free; all drains must be clear and work fine. Make the necessary repairs or replacements if needed. This also includes clogged toilets, flush systems, as well as hot and cold water options. While you’re at it, you may also want to check out your showerheads to see if they work fine, and bathtubs drain smoothly.
- HVAC System. If a technician regularly inspects and maintains your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, then there is nothing to worry about. But to make sure, though, have it inspected one more time so that no issue arises during an open house.
- Electrical system. If necessary, update your electrical system per the required codes. This mainly involves your panels, so upon the recommendation of an electrician, upgrade if needed. Also, inspect switches and outlets to ensure all are working. Leaving a problem with your electrical system can greatly affect the value of your home.
- Doors and windows. It is time to test all your keys to see if they are all working. Check your doors also for aesthetic issues and do necessary retouches if needed. Doorknobs and hinges are areas of concern too. Glass windows should not have cracks and be free from stains. Make sure also that the locks are working well.
- Get rid of all junk and clutter. While it’s still early, clear your house of all unnecessary and unwanted items. Consider this activity as general cleaning; thus, the junk items found in your basement and yard should go. Get rid of them now because you don’t want to bring them to your next house now, do you? Segregate items and book a pick up from a local junk removal business.
Just like you, other people also see houses as an investment; thus, they will only agree to your preferred selling price if they see that the house has been well taken care of. Therefore, with some minor work, you can offer a top-value home, keeping your investment on the strong side.