What Repairs Must a Seller Make Before Selling Their Home

Posted by Jeffery Sweet on Monday, July 29th, 2019 at 11:46am

Homes For Sale In Nampa IDPeople planning to sell a house obviously should strive to get the best possible selling price. However, selling a home that is in disrepair will not get you the price that you are hoping for. Prospective buyers will point out the added cost of repairs that they will have to shoulder after they buy your property. To help get you the desired asking price (or close to it), you should consider making repairs before buyers walk through your home. However, don’t go overboard; do not opt for expensive work that won’t give you the returns. Whether you’re looking at homes for sale in Nampa, ID or selling your own, it’s important to know what updates are realistic and worthwhile for sellers. So, what home repairs should you do before you put your house on the market? Here are some suggestions to consider.

A fresh coat of paint

Painting is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve how your house looks. You don’t even need to hire a professional to do the job. When painting the exterior and interior of your home, choose colors that are neutral and avoid glaring or bright colors that may turn off potential buyers. You do not need to paint all the rooms in your house. Just paint those that are in dire need of a fresh coat. If you have rooms with outdated wallpaper, remove it and replace it with a coat of paint. Wallpaper tends to make a home look older than it actually is, driving your selling price down.

Update your kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Consider replacing outdated countertops, repaint or replace outdated cabinetry, and put in new fixtures. Lighting in your kitchen should also be refreshed to help make the space brighter and more appealing to buyers. You do not need to purchase new appliances. Just taking care of the outdated features mentioned should do the trick.

Renovate your bathroom

If you want to get your home ready to sell, this is one room that you need to remodel. Dingy tiles and grout, old fixtures, and outdated baths turn off buyers. Fortunately, you do not have to break the bank to make your bathroom look modern and clean. All you need to do is replace broken tiles, regrout or clean the existing grout, replace broken fixtures, and repaint the walls to give the entire space a new lease on life. Of course, if the toilet, shower, and bathtub are pretty worn, it might be a good idea to consider replacing them with newer ones or giving them the deepest clean possible. For example, instead of buying a new bathtub, look up deep cleaning, homemade solutions to help brighten it up without spending a fortune.

Refresh your floors

No matter what type of flooring you have, a thorough clean is needed to make it presentable and appealing to buyers. If you have marble floors, have any cracks and breaks repaired, then have the floor polished and refinished. For tile, replace any broken ones and have the entire floor polished and refinished. Hardwood flooring can be touched up with special paint pens to help hide major scratches.

Add new lighting fixtures

Lighting in a home is very important. If you are still using old-fashioned or original light fixtures, have new ones installed to brighten up the place more. If you have only a few lights installed, consider adding more to help make your home more inviting. Install energy-saving options when you add new lights or replace your old lighting fixtures. This will make your home more energy efficient, which is something home buyers appreciate.

Repair anything that’s broken

Hire a professional home inspector to uncover any major problems with your house. They will investigate your house from the outside in, spending hours to ensure they’ve reviewed everything. The American Society of Home Inspectors requires them to carefully look at:

  • Heating system
  • Central air conditioning system (temperature permitting)
  • Interior plumbing and electrical systems
  • Roof
  • Attic, including visible insulation
  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Floors
  • Windows and doors
  • Foundation
  • Basement
  • Structural components

If there is anything major, buyers may ask you to fix them before they buy the home, or for you to give them an “allowance” to fix it when they move in. Either way, be ready to get some feedback from your home inspector. There is almost always something that needs repairing. These are some of the essential and cost-effective repairs that you should make if you are aiming to get the best price possible for your home. If you are unsure about any of these suggestions for your home, have an experienced real estate professional like Sweet Group Realty help you. Contact us for what to improve in your home to make it more appealing and salable to buyers.

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