Repairs to make before selling a home

Smart sellers know that getting their home in tip-top shape before listing it can help it sell faster – and for top dollar. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that major renovations may be needed in order to help their home look its best. In reality, there are a number of smaller projects that homeowners can tackle to help their home sell. The following are six repairs to make to your home before selling.

1. Paint the interior
Paint is one of the easiest, fastest, and most affordable ways to update a home. Choose light or neutral colors to appeal to a variety of buyers. Every room in the house doesn’t need to be painted. Instead, focus on rooms with dark walls, chipped paint, or dirt and scratches. Looking to save money? Spend a few weekends painting yourself instead of hiring a professional painter.

2. Replace damaged flooring
Stained carpets or scratched flooring can be a major turn off to potential buyers. While a flooring credit may be an opportunity for the new homeowners to choose their own floors, many buyers have trouble seeing past the work that needs to be done. The good news for sellers is that replacing flooring has an extremely high return on investment; according to the National Association of REALTORS® Remodeling Impact Report, sellers who spend around $3000 on new flooring can expect to recoup 100% of those costs.

3. Revamp the landscaping
First impressions last a lifetime; make sure your house makes a good one by updating exterior landscaping. Keep the lawn neat and tidy by mowing and edging regularly. Likewise, flowering annuals can be a fast and inexpensive way to add beautiful pops of color to gardens and planters. Other ways to spice up the exterior of the home include replacing old house numbers with a more modern version, switching out exterior lights, or power washing sidewalks and driveways.

4. Update grout
Nothing dates a bathroom faster than dingy grout. If the tile is still in good condition, consider re-grouting the tile. Re-grouting costs an average of $1-$2 per square foot, but can make the bathroom look like it has been totally remodeled.

5. Replace ripped screens
A ripped screen might seem like a tiny detail, but repairing them – and other small but highly visible issues – should always be a priority. Fixing a screen costs as little as $10, is easy to do yourself, and the project can be completed in around 15 minutes.

6. Remove water stains
Potential buyers become wary at the sight of water stains, no matter how small they may be. First, address the underlying issue; was the stain caused by a one time incident, like a child overflowing a bathtub, or is it the result of an ongoing problem, such as a leaky roof. Small or surface level stains can often be removed by spraying the area with a mixture of bleach and water. While larger stains may require part of the ceiling or drywall to be replaced, the any repairs are cheaper than a lost sale.

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