Top Repairs to Tackle Before Listing your Home
When you put your home on the market, you obviously want to get as much money as you can for it. A lot of things can affect your home's value, including many items that are largely out of your control. That's not saying that you can't do anything to bring the value up before listing your home. In fact, there are some things that you absolutely need to do before you even think about sticking that "For Sale" sign in the yard.
If you have water stains on the ceilings or walls, that tells potential buyers that there are leaks somewhere. It's possible that you already took care of the leak, but a buyer isn't going to know that, and will likely assume that there's still a nasty surprise waiting for them somewhere. You obviously need to track down the leak and repair it, but after that's done, you should do something about the water stain as well. Don't just slap a thin coat of paint on it and call it a day, take the time to do it right so that the stains don't reappear.
If you have slow drains in your home, this can be a big red flag for some home buyers. They may ask about the plumbing, or even want to run more water to see what the water pressure and drains are like everywhere else. To avoid potential problems, it's important to do your best to take care of the issue. In many cases, it's a relatively easy fix, although there are some causes of slow drains that may require a plumber to fix. Still, the effort you put into it now can result in a higher selling price.
Switches and Outlets
People don't want to buy homes that have electrical problems. If your switches or outlets look discolored or beat up, this can lead potential buyers to assume that there are problems even if there aren't. Take the time to replace any damaged, discolored or malfunctioning switches and outlets, along with any non-working fixtures or "mystery switches" that you may have around the house. Even if it's not a very big job, it can have a major impact on how potential buyers view your home.
Are there any loose pieces of carpet, tile or wood on your floor that you've learned to just step around? Fix them before you have buyers in to look at your home. You might have gotten used to them, but a potential buyer won't be. They'll see potential tripping hazards as something they need to fix, and they'll negotiate the price down as a result.
Walls and Ceilings
Are your walls drab, dull and/or damaged? Take the time to fix any holes or dings before you list your home. A little bit of drywall repair can go a long way, and this can be a perfect time to update the look of your rooms with a fresh coat of paint as well. Don't neglect the ceiling either, since those little issues that you've learned to overlook will stick out like a sore thumb to potential buyers.
If you're thinking of selling your home, and need more advice on the little things you can do to get top dollar, give the Prime Time Home Team a call at (813)359-0880
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