Essential Pre-Listing Repairs

f you’re planning to sell your home anytime soon, you probably know the importance of deep cleaning, decluttering, staging, and pricing it right to attract a large slate of potential buyers. As such, you want to tackle as many essential repairs as you can to not impede the process or wind up settling for less than you had hoped.

The following are among the repairs realtors agree should be high on your list of priorities:

Revive a dried-out lawn. No matter how perfect your home exterior looks, a weedy, dried-out, patchy lawn could stop buyers dead in their tracks. Hire a lawn care service, if necessary, to get your lawn looking lush, green, and healthy.

Update your kitchen and bathrooms. Updated kitchen and baths are still at the top of the “must-have” list for most buyers. Short of a full remodel, get the most bang for your buck by focusing on low-cost, high-impact projects like painting wood cabinets, installing new countertops, updating hardware and lighting, and installing new appliances.

Repair or replace damaged flooring. Peeling linoleum, stained carpeting, and scratched-up hardwood make a house look tired and unkempt. Pull up worn carpeting and refinish hardwood floors, newly exposed or otherwise. Replace cracked or missing tiles and update linoleum with a more stylish and durable laminate or vinyl plank. New flooring is a great way to instantly increase your home’s value and recoup up to 100% of the cost.

Update discolored or cracked grout. You can make an old shower surround or kitchen floor look like new simply by updating the grout. While you’re at it, replace cracked, loose, or missing tiles.

Replace torn window screens, broken cabinet handles, cracked light switches, and more. These are simple and inexpensive repairs that pay off. If a buyer notices a lot of small items in disrepair, they may question how well you’ve taken care of the larger things.

Repair any signs of pet damage. Has your precious pooch scratched up your front door? Or maybe your calico kitty has been using your sofa’s armrest as a scratch post? Either way, take the time to repair or replace any items damaged by your four-legged friends.

And then there are your heating and cooling systems. You don’t necessarily need to replace older systems just to engage a potential buyer but, at the very least, you should ensure the systems are in good working order. So, whether you’re ready to buy, sell, or just want the most indoor comfort for your money, contact Bob Boldt HVAC to schedule our HVAC preventive maintenance service. Among other benefits, it will pinpoint minor repair issues that only will get worse with time.

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