Repairs To Make Before
Putting Your Home On
The Market & Their Return Rewards
Quick fixes before selling a home always pay off, but which home repairs bring the biggest return? Many sellers, trying to do the right thing, often make repairs that are not required.
If your home has hardwood floors, that's what buyers want, and it would pay to have the carpeting removed and the floors refinished.
If your sub-floor is plywood, then replace the carpeting with light tan. Neutral carpeting is your best bet for resale.
Replace chipped or cracked tiles. Clean or replace the grout. But don't install ceramic (it's too expensive) unless it's for aesthetic reasons in an entry way.
It is recommend that sellers remove carpeting from entertainment areas: the living room, dining room and family room. Buyers today prefer alternate flooring in those areas, and there are plenty of styles to choose from. The most popular are engineered wood floors, which can be installed very inexpensively and, in some cases, you can do it yourself.
Paint Ceilings & Walls
Buyers spend more time than you would think staring at ceilings. They are looking for signs of a leaky roof, but what you don't want them to see are stains from grease or smoke and ceiling cracks.
It's not that all buyers hate wallpaper. They hate your wallpaper - because it's your personal choice, not theirs. And they hate all dated wallpaper. Get rid of it. The easiest way is to steam it off by using an inexpensive wallpaper remover steamer.
Even if your wood paneling is not real wood but composite, you can paint it. Dated paneling must go. Older wood paneling such as walnut, mahogany, cedar and pine, it's all gone out of style. Paint it a neutral and soft color after priming it.
Older popcorn ceilings with the "sparkles" often contain asbestos and if disturbed are health hazards. It's not expensive but it is time consuming to remove. Lay down drop cloths and scrape it off. You will need to repaint.
Cabinets Resurfacing is an inexpensive option. This involves attaching a thin veneer to the surface of the cabinets and replacing the doors and hardware. If your cabinets are simply dated, like oak, consider painting the wood a trendier color and adding new hardware.
Counter tops, sinks & faucets
Granite counters are not always necessary, but ask your agent. Simple laminates, newer faucets, especially pre-rinse faucets are popular, and sparkling sinks will also sell. Buyers don't want to spot leaky faucets or stained sinks.
New floors, fixtures and lights payoff. Carpeting is a huge turnoff in the bath.
If you cannot get the shower doors or glass fixtures clean, consider replacing the door. Lime deposits can etch glass and cannot always be easily removed. If the tub is stained, consider refinishing the tub.
Paint a light color if the space is small. Lighter colors will make it seem bigger than it is.
Roofs and Exterior
If your home needs a new roof, bite the bullet and do it. Even though most roofing tear-off jobs take one to two days, buyers shy away from buying a home if the roof needs to be replaced.
Patch cement cracks in sidewalks
Resurface asphalt driveways
Caulk windows and doors
Replace doorknobs and locks
Fix or paint fences
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