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What To Repair Before You List Your Home


When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s important to show it in the best light. First impressions are more important than ever because statistics show that 93% of buyers look at a house online first before considering seeing it in person. Taking time to highlight your home’s strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are my top 4 recommended repairs to make before selling your home.

Repaint walls

One of the most cost-effective ways to spruce up your home is a fresh coat of paint, and generally, you can do it yourself. Be sure to cover any walls that show chips or scratches and consider updating all your rooms with a more neutral color.  Tip-If you think your walls look fine, check behind furniture to see if the wall has been scuffed over time. You might be surprised.

Repair floors

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them but don’t go high end as the new owner may tear them out anyway. And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting or steam cleaning can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new!

Refresh the landscaping

“When a Buyer gets out of their car, that’s their first in-person impression of how well a home has been maintained.” Says Sharon Parker of Sotheby’s International Realty.  Show your home off by dressing up the outside as well as inside. Clean walkways and driveways of strewn mulch or stray weeds. Plant colorful seasonal flowers, trim hedges and trees, and refresh or fill in mulch and gravel.

Fix your fixtures

Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handle or cabinet door? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. Improve your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment.  And don’t forget to dust those lights!

You don't have to do everything but these little fixes go a long way in helping present your home in the best light possible which could in-turn get you better offers from the start.


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