5 Must Do Repairs
Living in a house for a long time is a bit like the frog in the pot ― you don’t realize something is wrong until the water gets really hot. Even the most conscientious homeowners can be taken by surprise when they begin evaluating the condition of the home before putting it on the market.
What issues you’ll want to repair have a lot to do with the type of market you’ll be entering. In a hot and heavy seller’s market, when homes are receiving multiple bids, you can get away with minimal work on the house (aside from issues of health and safety, that is).
In a buyer’s market, on the other hand, when there is lots of competition from other homes, you may need to take some extra steps to make a positive impression on potential buyers.
If you do nothing else to ready your home for the real estate market, perform these five DIY repair jobs.
Don't let potential buyers walk into a bathroom where they’ll be serenaded by the drip, drip, drip of the bathtub or faucet, or a constantly-running toilet. Fix leaky plumbing.
- Cracks and Nail Holes in the Walls
A little spackling compound and a square of sandpaper can do wonders to make your walls look fresh. New paint is even better. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Homegain.com, a $967 investment in new interior paint will realize a 107 percent return on investment.
- Sagging or Torn Screens
Whether on windows or doors, nothing looks shabbier than a screen with holes in it or one that is sagging off the window. Pay close attention to the front door screen, keeping in mind that all-important “curb appeal.” Don't let a ragged screen yell “NEGLECT!” to your potential buyers.
- Loose Gutters
The sight of loose and sagging gutters is another way your home can broadcast neglect to buyers. Tighten those screws and maybe give the gutters a fresh coat of paint while you're up there.
- Scuffed Baseboards
Even though they’re close to the floor and wouldn’t seem to be noticed, scuffed, dinged baseboards can make a whole room look worn. They’re easy to clean up, so why not get it done before the house goes on the market? A magic eraser may be all you need to remove scuffs and grime. If they’re pretty beat up, sand and repaint them.
These are just a few minor repairs you can make to your home before putting it on the market. Take a walk around the outside and the inside of your home and try to see it through a stranger's eyes. You might be surprised what will catch your attention and, perhaps, deserve a spot on your repair list.
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