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How to Prioritize Home Repair Projects Before Selling Your Home

Want to make your home more appealing to buyers? Here are the top priorities when it comes to home repair projects that you’ll want to complete first.

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Just Think About What You Look for When Buying a Home

Before you put your home on the market, one of the things you should do is take a long hard look at your home in order to determine what needs to be done to enhance its salability. It should go without saying that any issue that can be considered a health or safety risk definitely needs to be repaired, but beyond that, what will buyers be focusing on the most when they do a walk-through?

The answer is easy; just ask yourself what you would look for.

With that in mind, here are some of the most important home repair projects you should be prioritizing before selling your home.

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Re-Paint the Interior

Applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls of your rooms not only gives the home a fresh look, but it also makes it easier for the buyer to imagine themselves living in the home. For the best effect, stick with light, neutral colors and avoid painting anything too bold or vibrant. Remember, while you may love the color, a potential buyer may not and that could be all it takes to turn that buyer off.

If you have wallpaper, you will want to take it down, repair the drywall, and paint the walls. Wallpaper is something that can date a house, so you don’t want to make the buyer think that the home is too old to be considered.

Remove Old Carpet

An old, stained carpet makes a terrible impression on a buyer. So, if you have hardwood flooring under your carpets, remove the carpet and have the hardwood restored because hardwood flooring is a strong selling feature for today’s buyers. Even if you don’t have hardwood floors, removing the carpet and installing engineered wood flooring could be a cost-effective choice.

If you decide to replace the carpet with some new carpet, make sure the new one is light tan or some other neutral tone. Neutral colors have the best impact on your resale price.

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Enhance Your Curb Appeal

The exterior of your home is the first thing buyers will see, and that first impression will either help you or hurt you. Clean up the yard by trimming the bushes, pruning dead limbs, pulling weeds, sodding missing patches of grass, keeping the grass mowed, and planting fresh flowers in your beds.

Other areas to keep in mind include your roof, windows, and siding. If your roof has moss on it or unsightly stains, get it cleaned. Power-wash your siding and clean your windows thoroughly. You want your home looking spic-and-span from the curb.

Update the Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house for today’s buyers. But, a full renovation costs a lot of money and takes time. Before you opt for a complete kitchen renovation, ask your agent if she thinks the expense will be returned through the sale price. If not, then here are some more affordable things you can do to improve your kitchen’s look:

  • Replace the countertop
  • Replace the kitchen sink
  • Replace the appliances (if the existing ones are old or worn-looking)
  • Install new fixtures
  • Install new lighting

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Update the Bathroom

Next to the kitchen, the quality of the bathroom ranks high on many buyers’ lists. If you can’t afford to do a complete renovation, at least make sure the bathroom is spotless. No leaky faucets; no water stains; no musty odors, and further, updating the lighting and the mirror and replacing any chipped or missing tiles also helps.

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Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.

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