an updated and well kept property goes a along way. Many
people think that because they are moving, they shouldn’t repair
the home. They’ll say, “Why fix it if I’m not
going to enjoy it?” That is precisely the reason to fix it. Financially,
they’ll be able to get more money for their home when they sell.
So what repairs should sellers consider that will give them a financial
upside? Easy! The things to look for are the floor, walls,
kitchen/bathrooms, and the exterior. We want to make sure the exterior
Homes come in all fashions. They have carpet, tile, and hardwood
floors. Now a days, many buyers and rehabs show the trend for hardwood
floors. If they are in good shape, you have nothing to do. If
they are old, it doesn’t hurt to refinish them by sanding them
and glazing them again to give it a new hardwood look. Prices will
vary widely for this type of service but you will surely get your money
If you have carpet, make sure it’s deep cleaned. Buyers hate and
will be very turned off by stained areas that could have been taken care
of. If the stains won’t come out or the wear and tear of
the carpet is very obvious, it might be time to suck it up and replace
it with a neutral color (beige or khaki) new carpet.
With tile floors, you want to make sure the chipped or cracked ones
are replaced. The same rule goes for the grout. Just make sure
is clean and not cracked.
Buyers love to walk into a room and feel like it’s new by seeing
fresh new paint. Surprisingly, it’s the most cost effective
improvement. If you don’t have that much experience painting,
leave it to an expert (especially when wallpaper is installed because
they are experienced in taking it off properly and not leaving any glue
on the walls before painting). I’m not saying that painting
is hard work, but making sure it’s done right will certainly impact
the overall appearance and your bottom line. Just make sure to
keep the colors light so that the rooms can show brightness and you are
not pushing buyers away that might not be crazy for the colors you have
chosen. Off white is often used and never in doubt.
Lastly, make sure
ceilings are also checked just in case they need a touch of paint. Buyers
do look at ceilings a lot, especially as they look to see if the home has
a leaky roof or apparent cracks.
and bathrooms are the two areas where buyers are the pickiest. Since
styles and appliances have changed so much over the last decades, we
want to make sure the home is up to date. As strange as it might
sound, old and worn out cabinets might keep your house from selling.
Experienced people know that every cent invested in these two areas
returns the investment back at the time of sell. So what we want
to consider is making sure that cabinets (if necessary) are resurfaced. Veneers
can be used to resurface and replacing the doors and old hardware will
help. If you have painted cabinets, all you might need to do is
repaint them, but still change the hardware to newer more attractive
ones. A lot of money doesn’t have to be spent on granite
countertops. By adding a laminate to the counter top, newer faucets
and making sure the sink is shinny will make it appealing to others.
When looking at the exterior, we want to make sure the home is seen as
being lived in by someone that kept it in good condition. When
considering this, the two most important things are the roof and the
If the roof has a lot of wear and tear and any leaks, you will have
to take the financial hit and replace it. Believe me, buyers will
be at ease in knowing they don’t have to worry about the roof when
a warranty is shown or they know that it was taken care of by the owner.
Planting flowers and keeping the landscaping simple and colorful will
also help you sell better. This is something that doesn’t
take much money, if any, and will give your home the curb appeal buyers
are looking for.
So, overall, what buyers are looking for is a home that has been well
kept and that they can feel comfortable moving into without having to
incur unexpected expenses that could have been handled by the previous
owner. Take care of your things and keep them up to date and you
will be okay when sell time comes!