6 Essential Home Repairs to Make Before Selling

Woman Changing a LightbulbAre you gearing up to sell your house?

Then you must know that a laundry list of things to do awaits you.

However, there’s no need to panic because we’re here to help!

Let’s start with some common repair projects around the house. These repairs are vital to your success on the market because if you don’t make them, they can actually prevent buyers from making an offer on your home.

Read on to learn about the essential home repairs you should make before selling!

Fix your damaged flooring

The floors are one of the main features of your home, and unlike paint colors or light fixtures, floors aren’t normally a quick fix.

Damaged floors, like scratched hardwood and rippled carpeting, can actually prevent buyers from putting an offer in on the home, according to House Logic.

If you have damaged flooring in your home, invest in this repair before you list your home on the market. Not only will you be able to choose a more updated style to attract younger buyers, but buyers will absolutely love the fact that the floors were recently redone!

Think about the different types of flooring you have in your house:

  • Hardwood: try to refinish instead of replacing your hardwood entirely
  • Carpet: it can be difficult and expensive to clean, so replacing your carpet may be the best option—especially if you had pets
  • Tile: repair your tiles individually where damage has been done

You’ll recoup a good deal of any investment you make in your flooring with the sale price of your home.

Take care of those water stains

Water stains in the kitchen or bathroom may look harmless to you, but to buyers it screams “plumbing problem.”

Fix your home’s water damage by replacing drywall and repainting. Be sure to locate the source of the leak and address that problem, as well!

You won’t want to have to constantly explain to potential buyers the story behind the water stain in your bathroom. So, to be safe, we suggest fixing any existing water damage in your house so that buyers don’t worry, and instead focus on the great aspects of your place.

Check on your creaky doors & windows

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Buyers these days are concerned about easy functionality and a sleek appearance.

If your home has old windows and creaky doors, use some elbow grease to clean them up and rid them of that squeak.

Everything should be functioning properly and sparkling clean—if that means your windows need a fresh coat of paint, knock that off the to-do list before your first open house.

Make those long-awaited exterior fixes

You may think that your home is more about what’s inside than what’s outside, but you’d be mistaken. When your buyers pull up to your home, what is their first impression?

Your home’s exterior! And bad curb appeal can and will make a buyer drive right on by without even seeing the interior. Replace broken fence posts, add sod or try to revitalize the lawn, and get rid of any junk that you have lying around in the yard or driveway.

Investing a little bit in landscaping typically yields a higher price, as well, so if you have the time, it may be a good idea to spruce up your outdoor look. Good landscaping can increase your sale price by 28%.

Don’t forget to check the roof for missing shingles and lopsided gutters, as well!

Update your bathroom

Bathrooms can be expensive to gut and redo, but if you have a few bucks, you can make some serious improvements on your bathroom’s look and design.

Replace worn out grout with a more modern color, like white or gray. Update lighting fixtures and the mirror above the vanity. Fix leaky faucets and toilets and grab a seat replacement at the hardware store—this small fix could go a long way!

Even if you don’t redo your bathroom entirely, it’ll look fresh to new buyers.

Re-evaluate your kitchen

Kitchens sell homes. It’s true!

If yours has seen better days, a kitchen update might be just the thing to help you on the market.

Man Painting KitchenKitchens can be expensive to redo, so if you don’t have the money, spend some time making your kitchen look modern and inviting.

Clean out your cabinets and declutter your countertops. Buyers will look inside!

If you can spend a little bit of money, consider updating the backsplash or the cabinet color. A little paint and tile in the kitchen can go a long way towards enticing buyers to put in an offer.

After all, the kitchen is where most people spend their time. Whether it’s making meals or entertaining friends, this room in the house may be the deciding factor for a potential buyer!

Once you make the updates we discussed above, you’ll be ready to enter the market! When it’s getting close to moving day, give us a call here at Highland Van & Storage—we offer all the moving and storage services that you may need when you’re selling your home.

Call us today at 604-581-2300 to get receive a free moving quote!