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Home sellers may have to break their piggy bank and spend some extra cash to get their properties ready for the real estate market. If you are thinking of selling your home, you do not need to repair and replace everything! There are only some areas on your property that need special care and attention.
Small but inexpensive home repairs and updates combined with good staging can yield big returns for the seller. Before you put your home up for sale, make sure to take a good look and see what needs to be improved, updated, and enhanced.
What Buyers Will Be Looking For?
It should go without saying that safety would be a huge consideration for most home buyers. Any health or safety risk concerns should be addressed immediately. But beyond that, what do buyers look for in a potential home?
The answer is simple: Ask yourself what you, yourself, would you look for in a home?
Here are the home repairs and projects that you need to take care of before you put your home on the market:
Repaint the Home’s Interior
Slap a fresh coat of paint on the walls to give them a fresh clean look. This also allows the buyer to picture themselves occupying the rooms. Stick with neutral and light colors, and avoid colors that are too bold or strong.
Take down the wallpaper and repair the drywall before painting the walls with neutral colors. Wallpapers tend to make your home appear older. The interiors of your home need to look modern and fresh.
Fix Your Home’s Flooring
Scratched up floors and ratty carpeting can make your home appear outdated, old, and depressing. Buyers can take one step inside, see the scratched and outdated flooring, and immediately will scratch the property off their list. Buyers don’t want to deal with replacing carpeting and floors.
If, in case, you have both hardwood floors and carpet in your home, restore the floors, as it could become one of the strong selling features of your property. In addition, you should replace the carpet or have them cleaned.
Repair Water Stains and Plumbing Issues
Your home’s plumbing issues include leftover water stains. These stains could lead buyers to think that there are plumbing issues. Make sure that the problem is fixed before putting the property up for sale.
Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Your property’s curb appeal can make or break your sale. It is the first thing that buyers see, so make sure to clean your yard. Trim the bushes, prune dead branches, pull out weeds, mow the lawn, and plant fresh flowers.
Update the Kitchen
You do not need to give your kitchen a full renovation. There are a few things that you need to focus on. You need to replace the countertop and kitchen sink if they are outdated or worn-looking. Install new appliances, fixtures, and lighting as well.
Update Your Bathroom
Most buyers would check out your bathrooms, and the state of your bathrooms can have an impact on the buyer’s decision. If you cannot do a full bathroom update, make sure that it is clean and modern.
There should be no leaky faucets, water stains, and musty scents. Update the lighting and mirrors. Replace chipped tiles as well, and touch up the grout. Cracked grout can be a huge turnoff.