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PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE

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Taking care of repair work and upgrades can be a great way to increase the sellability of your home and increase its value. There are some jobs you can take care of on your own, but much of the work is better done professionally. Ideally, repairs and upgrades should be completed before you put your house on the market.

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PREPARING YOUR HOME’S INTERIOR FOR SALE

Little things add up. Many things in your home that you have become used to, might jump out at someone who is just seeing your home for the first time. There are some basic things that you can make sure are in proper shape for a walk-through. Normal wear and tear is just part of life, but a prospective buyer doesn’t want to inherit that wear and tear.

Repair your drywall and make sure that all those dings and scratches are gone. They’ll show up more than you think. Paint is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to update the look of your home before you list it. A lighter, neutral colour is better because they appeal to most people. This is no time to try to make a statement with colour. And wallpaper dates a home, so get rid of it.

The prospect will notice everything from the ground up. There are plenty of things you can do to make your home more inviting. Kitchens capture a heart. New paint, new fixtures, and new lighting can transform a kitchen, and just maybe expenses that can be recouped.

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PREPARING YOUR HOME’S EXTERIOR FOR SALE

No prospective buyer will see how clean, pristine, and beautiful the interior of your home is if they are stopped by the exterior.

Flaking or cracked paint on high-exposure areas can easily be fixed up. Also, cleaning the yard is another way to prevent raised questions and raised eyebrows. You may have accumulated piles of debris over the years. It can become invisible, to you, but not to others.

Remember to be prepared for a home inspection. One of the first things an interested potential buyer does is hire a home inspector. This is a job that will tell the prospect if your home is sound. A fence is another sign that you have protected your property. A fence in disrepair gives off an unsafe or exposed look. A good solid fence adds character and value to your property.

Even minor external repairs are important, like gutters, soffits, fascia, siding, eaves, and trim. This all adds up to the overall impression. Finally, a good thorough, overall power wash cuts through the ageing and brings new life to your home’s exterior.

The best time to repair and prepare your property for sale is right now. Maintenance is the best way to prevent more costly repairs.

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