REPAIRS TO MAKE BEFORE LISTING YOUR HOME

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So you’re ready to list your home and to you, everything looks great. Unfortunately, much of the wear and tear on your home becomes unnoticeable when it is something you see daily. While you may not think about the one light switch that only turns on with your magic touch or the chipping paint in the dining room, now is the time to take a step back and look at your home from a strangers perspective.

When you decide to sell your home, the first thing you should do is make any repairs you can to save yourself money in the long run and make it more appealing to the masses. Here are a few repairs to add to that honey-do list that will help you get the biggest bang for your buck!

1. Paint Your Walls
Re-painting the rooms that need a fresh face is the cheapest way to update the appearance of your home. Consider using light, neutral colors to appeal to a broader group of buyers. Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams is one of our favorite go-to neutrals. The combo of gray and beige blend together for that perfect light greige that goes with everything. Stay away from dark or bold colors as you may love the look of a deep burgundy room, the chances of every buyer that walks into your home feeling the same are slim.

2. Make Minor Kitchen Repairs
Even if your kitchen isn’t large and spacious, a full renovation might not make sense financially. If your working with a small budget instead. Paint what needs painted and install new fixtures where necessary. If your appliances aren’t operating properly or are in awful shape, you will need to replace them. Changing out cabinet hardware is a cost efficient update that makes a huge impact. Countertop refinishing kits are a great alternative for those outdated countertops if you don’t have the money to replace with a natural stone.

3. Update Your Bathroom
The first priority is making sure your bathroom looks clean. If the toilet looks old, replace the seat to give it a fresh new appearance. Replace any tiles that may be missing, clean the grout, and remove old wallpaper that may still remain. This is a room you should consider painting if need be to make it appear bright and clean. ThisIsLivin Homes offers a quick refinishing fix if the elbow grease didn’t do the trick. We can refinish your existing tiles and tub for a little under $500 with multiple colors to choose from.

4. Fix The Exterior
First impressions are everything! The outside of your home is the first thing buyers will see, so it is important that it looks good. Touch up the yard with sod as needed, remove any junk that may be in the yard, and make sure your fencing doesn’t have any missing parts or boards. Mow your grass and consider renting a power washer to make your siding look brand new.

5. Maximize Lighting
The goal is to maximize light so you can maximize the appearance of space. Light does a great job of making rooms look larger than they are. Update your fixtures, ensure that your windows appear clean and new, and add mirrors across from light sources to reflect even more light.

6. Ensure Functionality
Potential buyers are going to want everything to work. Do a full walk through of your home, checking all light switches, doorknobs, and locks. Repair or replace anything that doesn’t work as it should. The less issues that arise during the buyer’s home inspection, the better chance of you maximizing your profit during the sale.

If you are considering listing your home in the near future give us a call. We assist with everything from identifying and  prioritizing a list of repairs, facilitating those repairs needed and staging your home to get it show ready. Let us show you our personalized marketing campaigns and all the other services we offer that set us apart from the crowd.

 

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