If you’re selling your home so that you can move into a new one, you’ll want to get the best price you can. One of the best ways to increase the price buyers are willing to pay for your home is to make strategic repairs. Strategic repairs are those that will increase the value of your home without requiring too large an outlay of time or money.
Here are a few high-value repairs:
Fix Flooring Problems
Worn carpeting or peeling vinyl flooring is noticeable and can dramatically affect a potential buyer’s opinion about your home. However, you can often replace flooring without spending a lot of money. Instead, choose neutral-colored carpet and wide wood plank tiles or light-colored laminate flooring.
A fresh coat of paint in the primary rooms of your house can enliven the space. Choose a neutral color that will show your home positively and works well with whatever furnishings the buyer will bring with them. Gray, for example, makes the room feel more spacious and is calming.
Fix Water Stains
You may have gotten used to the water stains on the ceiling from a long-ago plumbing snafu. Buyers, however, will see those stains and imagine all sorts of current problems.
First, call a plumber to be sure the issue is repaired. Then, fix the ceiling. Depending on the leak and stain size, a simple touch-up with spackle and paint may work. However, if the damage is more extensive, you may need to replace and repaint some or the entire ceiling.
Buyers are likely to notice old, yellowing grout and wonder if more serious maintenance issues have been neglected. Updated grout can make tiles and floors look new. Many homeowners can complete a grouting project themselves, but paying another person to complete the project is relatively inexpensive.
Curb appeal gives buyers the first impression of your home. Many potential buyers look at houses first on the Internet and, if they don’t like what they see there, avoid touring the home. Sprucing up your landscaping can be an efficient and effective way to encourage buyers to take a closer look at your home.
Focus on Kitchens and Bathrooms
Buyers tend to focus closely on kitchens and bathrooms, so updates and repairs in these rooms can make a big difference.
If you can’t afford significant updates, you can still add value with a few minor repairs. First, repaint or replace kitchen cabinet doors and hardware. Finally, update the counters, fixtures, and appliances for added appeal.
In the bathroom, add new plumbing and light fixtures, clean your tiles, and recaulk. Next, invest in new shower curtains and rugs. Then create a spa look with fluffy towels and pretty soaps.
Replace Light Bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs give off an outdated yellowish glow and are not energy efficient. As a result, many modern home buyers look for homes with integrated LED lighting. Going through your house and replacing the incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs will make your home seem more comfortable and up-to-date.
Time for Your Move
House repairs go a long way to help you sell your home fast. Once that’s taken care of, you’re on to the next stage in the process – packing and moving. We can help with your moving needs. Contact us for a quote. Then, we can relocate you to your new home quickly and efficiently.