When it comes time to list your home, you’ll want to create a list of small repairs to try and get the most out of your property. If you don’t make a list, you might miss things that could bring down what potential buyers are willing to pay for your home. While there might be a lot of things to consider depending on the specifics of your home, here are some items that you should definitely double check before putting up a listing for your property.
How do the walls in your home look? If it’s been a few years since they’ve seen a coat of paint you should probably consider giving them a fresh coat. A sloppy or mismatched paint job will turn off a lot of potential buyers since they’ll likely see it as a task they’ll need to undertake as soon as they buy the house.
Roofing and Siding
While you’re considering things that might be a big red flag for possible buyers, step outside and take a look at the siding, brickwork and roof. To someone looking at the house, that could raise questions about leaks, insects and other issues the buyers might face in the future. If you want to get the most out of your home, then it’s worth replacing broken shingles or fixing bits of damage or discoloration on your home’s exterior.
Faucets and Plumbing
If someone is shopping for a new home, however, a notable drip from a faucet or evidence of a leak can be big warning signs. Nobody wants to pay full price for a home if they might be facing water damage in the near future, so taking care of any drips or leaks, as well as stains that they might have caused, is a great move to make before you list.
If the landscaping has obviously been ignored, it may leave potential buyers wondering what else hasn’t been taken care of. Even if you just spend a little time trimming up the shrubs and eliminating some unsightly weeds, you can make a big difference on the first impression made to someone considering a purchase.
Clutter and Trash
Just as with landscaping, having clutter or other trash around can make a really bad impression when someone is looking at your home. Take the time to straighten up and get rid of the garbage before your home goes on the market.
There are many other small repairs that are worth making before your home gets listed. Any little bits of damage or discoloration should be evaluated to see if they can be repaired. While you may not have the time or budget to fix everything, you should still attempt whatever repairs you can. Your home obviously doesn’t need to be perfect, but the better it looks the higher the eventual closing price will be.
Need Some Help?
Depending on the condition of your property, getting your home ready for listing might be a big job on top of your normal work. Contact me or anyone on my team to get you a list of people that would be perfect for the job.