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What to Repair Before You List!

So you are thinking of taking the leap and buying a new home. Exciting times! But, looking around you are thinking about what might need to be done to your existing digs. I find there are 2 schools of thought. One- You need every penny for the new home and do not want to fix anything. And Two-The mindset that you need to fix EVERYTHING. The reality is, most homes can sell with very little work to do! But there are some issues that first time home buyers, especially, could see as large issues. . These issues may even prevent buyers from making an offer on a home or making a lower offer. It’s crucial to keep your house presentable and in good shape before you list it on the market. That being said, read on to find out what repairs you might want to consider before you list on your house on the market.

Roof Problems

A roof is one of the most important components of a home, protecting all that is underneath. Additionally, roofs are major expenses to replace. Therefore, there are some things you can do to help the roof present well. Often you will see staining or lichen on the roof. Moss, mold and lichen can make a roof 5-10 years old look 20+ years old. Typically these conditions occur when there are trees that block sun from reaching the roof. Loose shingles or hail damanged shingles are another thing that can falsely take life off of a roof. Be mindful of these issues and pay to replace some loose or damanged shingles and have the roof bleach scrubbed by a professional prior to list.

Poor Maintenance

Minor issues such as damaged flooring, paint chipping, and old carpeting can be easily fixed to give your home a breath of fresh air. Your goal is to make your home appealing. If you can, start by replacing anything that is heavily worn and adding a fresh coat of paint. Be mindful of cracks in the walls, ceilings and staining on the ceiling. These should be paid special attention to. These minor fixes can be inexpensive and you’ll most likely see a return on investment.

Clean Clean and Clean again!

Even if you don’t have the funds to make some of the fixes you know are necessary, a deep clean and declutter can make a major impact. It will help the property photograph better and it will make the potential buyer assume you were always trying to take the best care of the property. One thing to never forget…re-caulk the tub!

Plumbing

If you are aware of plumbing problems in your home it is better to get ahead of them. They will most certainly come up in a home inspection and furthermore if there is an active leak it can lead to bigger things such as mold and water damage to walls and floors.

Exterior

Power washing is inexpensive if not free if you have someone handy your house and makes a huge impact. Adding shutters can vastly increase curb appeal for little investment. Patching holes in trim or replacing rotted trim can always be helpful. This is one of those trigger problems we hear every home inspector bring up. A fresh coat of mulch and edging is like the frosting on the cake and the cherry on the sundae will be potted flowers on your front stairs.

Lastly

Keeping all of these things in mind, sellers tend to be their own harshest critic. So! Before you go crazy tackling everyting on this list, give me a call! It may not be necessary at all and we can still get you top dollar for home!

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