Home Selling Tip: Home Repairs Before You List
Welcome to part two of Felix Homes’ Guide To Selling! Would you go to the dentist without brushing your teeth? Would you go to a waterpark without bringing a bathing suit? So, why would you try to sell your home without completing the necessary prep work?
Preparing your home for sale is a key step in making sure you get the highest price. I’m not talking about major renovations but small, weekend projects or minor repairs are a quick and easy way to ensure your home will get multiple high-priced offers. Here are eight easy fixes to boost your home’s appeal:
1. Repainting Dirty or Dark Walls
Walls scuffed or dirty? Are they painted a ‘unique’ or dark color? Painting certain rooms that need a little TLC is one of the easiest ways to ensure prospective buyers leave with a good first impression. Make sure it appears professionally painted (even if it wasn’t.) Choose light, neutral colors which will brighten your interior and make the house appear larger.
2. Front Door and Entrance
When a prospective buyer comes to tour your home, one of the first things they notice is the front door and entrance. The entrance is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of your home so, now that you’re a painting pro, consider repainting the front door while you’re at it.PRO TIP: Avoid these 5 home improvements that will actually lower the value of your home.
3. New Carpet
Carpet stained or dirty? That’s no way to make a good first impression. Consider renting a heavy-duty carpet cleaner or, if your carpet is too far gone, you should replace it altogether. The carpet should look new, clean, and shouldn’t contain any stinky odors. If you’re going to purchase new carpet, be sure to choose a light color as it will help brighten up the interior.
4. Hardwood Floors
Now that the carpet is fixed, take a look at your hardwood floors. What condition are then in? Hardwood floors are one of the most popular flooring selections in a home and can be a major selling point. Make sure your hardwood floors are looking their best. Refinishing your hardwoods when they need it can totally change how a buyer views your property. There is nothing like entering a home where the hardwood looks spectacular. The great thing about refinishing hardwood floors is the return on investment which is very high.PRO TIP: Learn how to save $15,000 in Realtor commission fees when you sell.
5. Kitchen and Bathroom Fixtures
Does your kitchen or bathroom look outdated? Now, I promised there wouldn’t be any major renovations so a completely new kitchen or bathroom is out of the question. That said, there are a number of tricks you can do to update your kitchen or bathroom on a budget. Consider repainting the cabinet doors or replacing the handles for an updated look. You may even want to replace sink fixtures for that brand-new look.
6. Brighten-Up Your Home
I can not stress how important a bright home is. An easy way to add some much needed light is to replace all of your light bulbs with modern LEDs. Also, ditch the heavy drapes for light colored curtains that let the sun in.
7. Yard and Exterior
Don’t forget the exterior. Your yard can be a big selling point and is not something that should be overlooked. So, replace missing fence boards, add sod if your grass is looking a little bare and clean up any junk that may have accumulated in the yard or on the outside of any storage sheds. Your lawn should be mowed before someone comes to view the home. Also, feel free to plant some flowers to add color and make the yard more attractive.
8. Minor Repairs
Complete any minor repairs that need to be taken care of. I’m talking about leaky faucets, loose doorknobs, clean windows. Everything doesn’t have to be brand new for a home to be desirable to buyers, but all the functional aspects of the home must be in good working order to fetch the best price. A few broken components are all it takes to start driving the price down, so get them fixed.PRO TIP: Want to sell your home fast? It’s all about curb appeal.