If you’re about to sell your home, then you’ll want to make sure it’s ready before you list it. If there are issues, it’s not only going to hurt the property value, but it can turn away potential buyers. Buyers that see an obvious need for repairs will leave with a poor impression of your house.
Even if they can see past smaller repair needs, the idea that they will have to put time and money into repairing problems themselves after buying their “new” house isn’t a purchase incentive. Here are a few things you’ll want to before you list your house for sale:
- Exterior siding – If your exterior paint is chipping away or starting to fade, repaint it. The siding has a big impact on your curb appeal and if it’s an eyesore, will leave a poor first impression.
- Fences/railings – Loose or broken fences and railings are easy to fix. Not fixing them can make your property look like an abandoned lot.
- Lighting – It’s not going to look good if a potential buyer tries to flip on a light switch and nothing happens. Make sure any lighting issues are addressed.
- Plumbing – Get your plumbing inspected and repair any problems you find with faucets, toilets, showerheads, and drains.
- Windows – Cracked window panes or worn, cracking window frames do not make your house look good. Plus, they can lose a lot of heat and air conditioning, which raises energy costs.