Few buyers want to buy a home that looks as though it is going to be a lot of work and expense. With this in mind, one of the most important steps to selling a house at a good price is to spend time, and maybe a little money, on making some home repairs.
When undertaking repairs to prepare your home for sale, remember to compare the cost of doing so against any increase it will make on your home’s value. You should also take into account that repairs can make your home sell faster even if it does not increase the value.
Keep in mind that most buyers want a move-in ready home. Finding defects or problems can make them think the home has not been well maintained. Additionally, the thought of spending time and money on repairs when they move in can drive them away completely.
We have created a list of vital home repairs needed to boost the value of your home.
Buyers will likely check the condition of the roof, so make sure it is in top condition. Any broken or missing tiles should be replaced. Check if the chimney flashing is secure and in good condition, and that there are no leaks that can cause water damage. Also, be sure to check the gutters. Remove debris and see to it that the joints are thoroughly sealed with caulk.
Sinks and Faucets
All it takes is for one leaky faucet to shift a potential buyer’s mood. Fix any leaks and make sure the faucets are working as they should. Consider replacing them completely if necessary. Also, noisy plumbing is a big turn off and should be dealt with. This can mean adjusting the water pressure, refilling air chambers, or making sure that pipes are securely fastened.
It doesn’t matter what type of flooring you have; it should be in good condition if you are trying to sell your property. Cracked tiles, for example, are unsightly and make your property less desirable. Replace any cracked tiles, as well as carpeting that is torn or worn. Investing in professional cleaning can give your old carpets, hardwood floor, or any other type of flooring a new lease on life.
If an interior door sticks or creaks as you open or close it, then this should be fixed. You might need to plane an edge, or perhaps, rehang the door. You should also give some love to exterior doors. Security is important for anyone so consider upgrading if your entry door has become less secure. Make sure that any sliding doors are in their rails and that the rails are clear and in good condition.
One thing many potential buyers do in home viewings is open cabinet doors. Poorly-functioning or defective doors can affect the property’s desirability. If any doors are loose, tighten them at the hinges. Make sure they are level and they open and close easily. Replace any broken handle, knob or other fixtures.
Walls and Ceilings
Giving the walls a new coat of paint can do wonders for any home. Just remember to use neutral colors such as white, beige, and gray. Fill any holes in the walls and replace any cracked tile. The same goes for ceilings – any broken or missing coving should also be replaced.
A garage will often be a deciding factor when it comes to buying a house. People like to keep their cars in a safe place or, alternatively, use the garage as extra indoor space. The garage should be as clean as possible. Make sure to remove any oil stains. Also, check if the garage door is working, including the remote if it uses one. If there are dents on the door, see if they can be fixed. If they are too unsightly or if the door is not opening and closing smoothly, consider replacing it.
Heating and Cooling
Make sure that any water boilers are working properly. Check the radiators and thermostats, and see to it that they’re in good condition. If there are problems you cannot fix yourself, consider calling in a professional to do it for you.
Last but by no means least, get your yard looking its best. Mow the lawn, trim the flower beds, and prune trees or bushes. Repair the patio or decking if needed, and make sure your outdoor furniture looks fresh and new.
Selling your home in Morris, MN or the rest of West Central Minnesota? As experts in the Minnesota real estate market, we can help you prepare the property for the sale. Get in touch with us here or call us at 320.589.2159 today.