When the time comes to sell your home, you will likely find yourself with a long to-do list. In addition to deciding on a listing price, finding a real estate agent, and many other things, you also need to think about the condition of your home. You can sell it as is or make updates and repairs to list it for more money.
When deciding what to update, the list may seem a mile long. Obvious eyesores, like chipped paint or a lawn that needs a little love, may stand out to you, but you need to prioritize what buyers are least likely to be willing to overlook.
With so much focus on energy preservation, you should think about updating your windows. Replacing the windows gives your home a more modern appeal, but it also helps you and the new owner save money on utility bills. Windows that are old or in need of repair are usually drafty, meaning that whether you’re running the AC or heat, you’re probably running it more than you should.
Prospective buyers are usually willing to overlook minor cosmetic issues, like outdated wallpaper or a deck that needs to be refinished. However, potential structural damage will send many buyers on their ways. Because of that, roof repair is something you should prioritize. If your prospective buyers notice missing or torn shingles, they might suspect water damage within the house.
Make sure your roof is in pristine condition prior to listing your home. An experienced roofing company can inspect your roof and make recommendations of what needs to be done prior to listing your home on the market.
Many buyers focus on the kitchen, so it is another place you need to keep in mind when it comes to doing repairs and updates. There are a lot of ways to breathe new life into your kitchen without having to install new cabinetry. You can swap out old countertops for newer ones, paint the front of the cabinets, and replace the handles with ones that look more appealing.
If the floor is a bit outdated or damaged in places, you should consider replacing that as well. When it comes to flooring, most homebuyers are looking for convenience and durability. Look for flooring that’s easy to clean and can withstand foot traffic that accompanies growing families.
Your bathroom should be an oasis where the new owners can get away from it all. Aside from replacing old fixtures and an outdated toilet, you may want to consider repainting the bathroom in a more serene color. If you have tile in the bath, you need to make sure it’s not chipped or dirty. The grout should also be sparkling white. If the grout is too dirty, it may need to be replaced. These little touches will go a long way when you are ready to sell your home.
Some buyers want a fixer upper, but most want something that is move-in ready and doesn’t require much work. Because of that, to keep potential buyers interested in your home, you should prioritize certain repair work when you’re getting your home ready for sale.
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University and now enjoys writing about health, business, and family. A mother of two wonderful children, she loves traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can find her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.