If you are selling your home you may think that doing repairs to it before the sale isn’t necessary. Stop that train of thought because there are a few repairs or upgrades you should do before selling so you don’t lose thousands in equity. All of these fixes will more than pay for themselves.
Floor covering issues:
Depending on the age of your home, and the condition of the floor coverings, you may find that you need to repair or replace them. Carpeting is the least expensive to put down, but can turn off some buyers. Hardwoods are popular and if you have them already sometimes just having them refinished will do the trick. No one wants cracked tiles so if you have ceramic tiling, be sure to replace any chipped or cracked tiles and then replace the grout.
Before putting the house on the market giving all the walls, ceilings and woodwork a fresh coat of paint is a good idea. Popcorn ceilings are so out! Get rid of popcorn ceilings, especially if it has asbestos in it. Have it professionally removed. It will turn up in a home inspection and bite you with buyers. Use fiberglass tape on large cracks, cover with joint compound and sand. Using a neutral color like a light tan or off white will make rooms look larger and brighter. If you have wallpaper, remove it. You may love it, but others won’t and it is a sure fire way to make your home look dated. Update wood paneling with paint or take it down and paint.
Kitchens and baths:
If your cabinets are in good shape leave them alone, but if they aren’t or are old and dated, try to freshen them up with paint, or replace them. Replace appliances. Don’t go overboard. Minor and mid-range remodeling will return almost 100% of your dollar. Granite counters are great, but sometimes laminates, newer faucets and sparkling sinks will also sell. Buyers don’t want to spot leaky faucets or stained sinks. In the bathroom, replace floors, fixtures and lighting. Sinks and cabinetry if necessary and anything that leaks. Home inpection will turn up any imperfections so be ready to ace the inspection!
Roofs and other exterior items:
If the roof is old, replace it. That is one job that buyers will balk at for sale. Patch sidewalk cement and resurface asphalt driveways if necessary. Caulk windows and doors, replace doorknobs and locks and freshen up the gardens.