It always pays off to make a few quick fixes before selling your home. However, you want to make sure that you are making repairs that will offer a return on investment. There is no golden rule about what should be fixed before selling your home, but if you are putting your house on the market, you may want to take a look at some of the most common repairs that will allow you to recoup some of the repair costs.
Fixes to Make Before Selling Your Home
Chances are that you don’t have the time or funds to fix everything in your home before putting it on the market, but there are a few elements that are worth the effort. Here are 7 fixes that you can make to make buyers more interested:
It is important to make a good first impression for potential homebuyers. Not only are cracks in the sidewalk or broken railings unsightly, but they can also pose a safety risk. Patch cement cracks, resurface asphalt driveways, and repair any fences. Replacing doorknobs and locks and working on the landscaping are also simple and relatively affordable fixes that can have a significant impact on the look and feel of your home.
Homebuyers love hardwood floors, so it is worth your while to clean and refinish your floors so they are looking their best. If you have hardwood underneath carpets, consider having it removed and refinishing the hardwood. If this is not an option, replace carpeting with a neutral color for best resale value. You should also replace any chipped or cracked ceramic tiles and clean or replace grout.
- Wall and Ceiling Paint
A fresh coat of paint can go a long way. Though everyone has their own unique tastes when it comes to interior color schemes, sticking with neutral and soft wall colors is a safe bet. Remove any wallpaper and remove any popcorn ceiling material as this can contain harmful chemicals, and many buyers are turned off by the look.
- Kitchen Cabinets & Countertops
The kitchen is a big selling point for many homebuyers. Replacing cabinets and countertops is not always necessary. You can resurface the cabinets and install new hardware to give them a refreshed look. Countertops can often be cleaned up or resurfaced to look like new.
- Sinks and Faucets
Buyers don’t want to have to deal with leaky faucets or stained sinks. Make sure all of the faucets are in working order and all sinks are clean. Installing new faucets and sinks can be a relatively affordable way to drastically improve the look and appeal of your kitchen.
- Bathroom Floors, Fixtures, & Lights
The national average of recouped costs for bathroom repairs is more than 100%, so there is a good chance that all of the money you put into renovating your bathrooms will pay off. Replace bathroom floors, fixtures, and lights, especially if your current bathroom seems a little outdated.
- HVAC System
Though replacing your heating and cooling system is most likely not necessary or cost-effective, it is important to make sure that your HVAC unit is running smoothly as potential homeowners may be turned away at the thought of having to make costly repairs right after buying the house.
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