5 Things to Repair before Selling Your Home
The Maricopa market is heating up, making it a great time to sell your home. But if you really want to get the most that you can for your home, you need to make sure it’s in top shape. You don’t have to renovate the house, but you should make sure that everything looks its best and is in good condition. Everything should work, and everything should look great.
Not sure where to start? Make these five repairs before you sell your home for the biggest impact:
Even if people are touring your home during the day, they are almost certainly going to turn on the lights in each room to get a better look at the details. They are going to notice right away if a light isn’t working or if it’s flickering. Don’t gamble on them thinking that the bulb just needs to be changed – most people will check to be sure!
Make sure that all lighting is working throughout your house. Change all the bulbs, and hire an electrician to fix any lights that need it. There should be no flickers, no dim lights, and no delays when the light is turned on. Everything should work perfectly.
People may not turn on the tub and shower during the first walk through of the house, but you can be sure that any problems with the plumbing are going to be discovered during the home inspection. No one is going to maintain their offer without first requiring you to make those plumbing fixes.
Go ahead and make those fixes before you put your house on the market. Fix any leaky faucets, running toilets, or leaky pipes. Go the extra mile and take care of any water pressure issues or replace a water heater that’s on its last legs.
Flooring is one of the first thing that will people will look at when they tour your home. If you have stained carpet, they will notice it right away, and that will prevent many people from putting in an offer on your house. Likewise if you have scratched hardwood floors or tile with dirty grout.
Some buyers may ask you to replace the floors before they will close, and some prospective buyers just won’t make the offer if they see these things. If you replace the floors now, you’ll add value to your home and save yourself a lot of trouble later.
From the moment prospective buyers walk in, they are going to notice the doors. They will notice if a door doesn’t shut all the way or if it’s hard to open. They’ll also notice if the door has old hardware or if it’s all scratched up.
Fix any of these issues before you put your house on the market. Make sure all the doors are hung properly so that they open and close easily. Put a fresh coat of paint or stain on the doors, and replace any hardware that needs it. Do this for all interior and exterior doors, as well as any cabinet doors.
Putting on a fresh coat of paint can transform your home. Even if you are keeping it the same color, the paint will make it look newer and in better condition. You should plan to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls in every room, as well as the outside of your home (if it is painted).
If your home is painted in unique colors, you should consider painting it in a more neutral color, like white, beige, or light grey. Prospective buyers need to be able to envision themselves in your home. If it is painted in colors that are specific to your own tastes, that will be harder for them to do. Make your home a blank canvas by painting it in neutral colors, allowing prospective buyers to envision their own furniture and art in the space.
Making even a few small repairs to your home can make a huge impact when it comes time to sell. The right repairs can help you sell the home faster and for more money. Start with these repairs, and then talk to your real estate agent about additional repairs or upgrades that your particular home needs to get the best price.
The experienced agents at The Maricopa Real Estate Company can help you get your home ready to sell that you get the best price for it in the shortest amount of time. Our agents have been helping people like you sell their homes for many years, and they know what buyers care about most in the houses they look at. Our agents will give you tailored advice about preparing and staging your home to maximize your profits. Contact us today to talk with a friendly realtor and start getting your home ready for sale.
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The Maricopa Real Estate Company
21300 N John Wayne Parkway #101
Maricopa, AZ 85139
ATS Home Inspections
Phone (623) 266-8846