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If you’re a homeowner getting ready to place your house on the market, you will need to invest time and resources into some basic home repairs. Keep in mind that buyers who view your home are looking for a home that is move-in ready. The main features of your home including plumbing, electrical work, windows, doors, and the roof are in great condition, but often the details are what count. Many home repairs that are relatively minor, but collectively they can affect your likelihood of a quick and profitable sale. Below are a few areas you should take a close look at before putting your home on the market.
Though your home’s roof may be fairly new, you should still do a general inspection to look for areas of opportunity. This includes sweeping off any debris, replacing missing shingles, securing loose shingles, and replacing damaged caulking.
The appearance of your landscaping plays a vital role in the look and feel of your home. If buyers do not enjoy the way your home looks on the outside, they may not take the time to view it on the inside. While you may not need to redo your landscaping in its entirety, ensure that all areas of your yard are lush and green. You can start by removing any brown, dead, or rotted trees and foliage. Also ensure that your grass is a vibrant green and is well-maintained. If you have flower beds or a vegetable garden, make sure they are weeded.
Patch Holes And Repaint
Your walls may have accumulated small holes over the years from hanging art and photos, moving furniture, or from the rough-and-tumble activities of your children. Prior to placing your home on the market, invest in putty from your local home improvement store. Then fill in any small holes and repaint as needed. You may consider repainting your entire home if your paint is an uncommon or personalized color. While homeowners often repaint when they move then, it is best to keep your paint color fairly neutral. This will help prospective buyers to easily envision how they’d like to personalize each room.
Minor Plumbing Repairs
When you walk through your home, look for minor plumbing repairs such as leaking pipes or dripping faucets; consider even resealing your toilet. These are all minor items that are fast and easy to fix, but will make your home more appealing.
Clean, Repair, Or Replace Flooring
The condition of the flooring in your home has a big impact on the look and feel of each room. Start by deep cleaning your flooring, such as shampooing your carpets and steam cleaning your hard surfaced floors. Consider replacing flooring in high traffic areas, repairing and replacing broken tiles, fixing any scratches and scuffs, and treating stains. If you have wood floors, you may consider having them refinished.
To help identify which repairs will be the most time and cost effective, many homeowners have an inspection done on their home before placing it on the market. Your realtor may also have some valuable insight on areas for improvement.
This article was written by Billy Dunham, a home improvement expert who hopes to help you have an even better home. He writes this on behalf of Braun’s Roofing Inc., your number one choice when looking for roofing in Houston, Texas. Check out their website today and see how they can help you!
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