Home Repairs You Should Make Before Selling Your Home


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In the months and weeks leading up to selling your house, you can bump up the asking price and put more cash in your pocket if you make a few smart home repairs. Not sure where to start? Let’s take a look at the most important things to fix up before selling your home.

Fix the Faucets

For starters, take a look at all the faucets in your home, including in the kitchen and bathroom. If you see any leaks, or if the water pressure is a bit suspect, try to fix them or replace them with new models. This is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways you can increase the fair market value of your home, and it won’t take too much money out of your pocket.

Check the Lights

Next, examine all the light bulbs in your house. If they flicker or only shine weakly, replace them with energy-efficient bulbs. The better your lights are, the better your home will look when your realtor hosts an open house event!

Touch Up Paint

Examine the walls and ceiling of your home and don’t be afraid to repaint any spotty areas if needed. If you need help, ask one of the associates at a home improvement store to help you match your new paint with the current shade in your home.

Repair Drafty Doors & Windows

Is one room noticeably warmer or colder than the others? The culprit might be a drafty or ill-fitted door or window. You should repair or replace these ASAP, especially before your house goes onto the market.

If need be, apply weatherstripping to drafty doors, and use a caulking gun to close up any leaks or cracks in the windows and doors of your house. This is an important improvement since it not only affects your doors and windows; it also affects the energy bill your home’s future owners can expect. Minimizing wasted energy will help you charge a higher asking price for your property.

Don’t Forget the HVAC System

Your home’s current heating and air-conditioning systems need to be functional if you want to get a good offer on it. Whether that means replacing the water boiler or purchasing a new air-conditioning system, foot the bill and you’ll likely make more on your home sale. Remember that so long as you have one of the best home warranties, you might be able to get that cost covered before you sell your house.

Replace Old Appliances

By the same token, take a long and hard look at all the appliances in your house, like your washer and dryer, dishwasher, etc. If your current appliances are old or clunky, replace them with new, energy-efficient alternatives.

You’d be surprised how much money people are willing to pay if they purchase a home with top-of-the-line, eco-friendly appliances versus outdated and loud appliances!

Replace the Carpet or Broken Tiles

Lastly, consider your carpet and the floors of your kitchen and bathrooms. If the carpet is stained, or if you have several broken tiles ruining the aesthetic, replace them before putting your house on the market. The floors can make a major impact on a prospective homebuyer and help set the stage for the asking price you want to pitch.

Wrap Up

Ultimately, fixing the above things can go a long way toward maximizing your house’s asking price and making sure you have as much money as possible for your next home’s down payment. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to use a little elbow grease; those leaky faucets won’t fix themselves!

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

I also want to offer to do a little work from working with the pool, if you have one. A crystal-clear swimming pool can add value to your home. Hardly anyone will argue that a water feature in combination with a neatly mowed lawn looks luxurious. But the exact opposite can happen if your pool is green and dirty.

1 year ago

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Juan Mark
Juan Mark
1 year ago

Some home repair services that you should make before selling your home include repairing any damage, fixing any leaks, and painting any areas that need it. 

Happy Hiller
1 year ago

Another thing you should do is check your wiring and do some jobs if needed. In this article, you can find out the most common signs of bad wiring and outdated wires: https://happyhiller.com/electrical/outdated-wiring-diy-electrical-wiring-vs-professional-electrical-services/. Don’t neglect this. Outdated wiring is hazardous and cause 2/3 of home fires. Plus, outdatet wiring can drastically lower your home’s price.

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This reminds me that we need to fix the bathroom door in our prospective rental property, the hinges are rotten and need to be replaced

1 year ago

Thank you for sharing such helpful content! Preparing your house for sale, remember about home security. This does not apply to repairs, but it is a worthwhile improvement. Robberies and thefts are happening more and more often. And the more beautiful the house the more attractive it is for burglars. A security system including strong door locks, an alarm system, and security cameras will add value to your home.

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Gervais Mechanical
1 year ago

Good suggestions! By the way, with energy efficient appliances you can also improve the comfort of your home. With energy efficient appliances, you won’t need to turn our thermostat down to reduce energy consumption and slash utility bills. Energy-efficient appliances use much less energy to function, which allows you to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. This can be a great advantage when selling a house.

1 year ago

High-quality windows and doors can add value to a home and attract more buyers – that’s right. Not only does this improve the home’s energy efficiency, but makes the house more appealing. The home’s exterior is very important because this is the first thing people see, and it has a strong impact on them.