Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance… I can’t stress the importance that keeping up with your home’s maintenance, repairs, and overall general well being can make when it comes time to sell.
For many buyers it is important to get into a home without having to do a ton of repairs to make it inhabitable. It is also not on many buyers’ agendas to make an offer on a home only to determine upon inspection that there are issues that they just don’t want to deal with. With a little bit of preparation before you place your home for sale, along with regular maintenance and consistent updates while you are actively living in the space your home should be buyer ready when you decide it is time to sell.
Listed below are just a few of the areas to pay special attention to as they are high on the list of priorities that buyers are looking at when buying a new home.
Kitchen & Bath Renovations and Updates:
- These two spaces have the potential to make or break the sale of a house. They also employ the most technical mechanics of the house from appliances, to plumbing and electricity, there is a lot that can go wrong. If not kept up on kitchen and bathroom spaces can easily fall into despair.
- Kitchen Appliances: Although it can be beneficial to have updated, energy efficient appliances when selling your home, the most important aspect is that they are all in solid working condition. Maintenance is key in keeping appliances running properly.
- Cabinets: Cabinets are an essential visual and functional element in both the bathroom and kitchen. Not only should cabinets be free of damage and in good working order, new hardware never hurts to modernize a slightly older space.
- Faucets, Sinks, Showers & Tubs: Not only are aesthetics important so is the functionality of drains and faucets. The drains within sinks, showers, and tubs should all drain properly, free and clear of any problems. Overflow drains should also be in proper working order. The hot and cold faucets should be properly installed. (Believe it or not many homes I have remodeled have the hot and cold feature set up backwards) Exhaust vents should be working and clear of debris. Check all surfaces for cracks, chips, and peeling. Homes that undergo routine maintenance should have addressed all of the above issues as problems arose.
Walls & Ceilings:
- As part of regular maintenance homeowners should take care to repair nail holes, dings, and dents that occur. If discoloration is seen on the ceiling this will instantly turn off a buyer. Damage from water should be repaired and brought back up to par aesthetically before placing a home for sale. All water damage and repairs should be properly documented to give future homeowners a record if asked upon inspection how the problem was solved.
- Flooring does not need to be replace before selling a home. What is important however is that it is clean and in good condition. Chips and cracked tiles have been replaced, carpet has been cleaned, and hardwood refinished if scratches and dents are an issue.
- The heating and cooling systems in the home should be in working order with updated filtration installed. Thermostats should work properly or be replaced. Hiring an HVAC tech to complete a tune up can be a bonus to ensure everything is in proper order and can be used to market your home.
Electrical Panels and Circuit Breakers:
- Take time to have the electrical panels in your home meet current codes. This is a perfect time to have the electrical in your home inspected by a professional. This documentation can be given to your realtor to use as added bonuses that prove maintenance on a home has been done. This looks really good in the eyes of a buyer even if there is a hiccup somewhere else in the home.
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