Preparing your house for sale can be a daunting task. You may need to inspect every corner of it if you want it to be sold as fast as possible. Putting your property in the market carelessly might result low price offers from buyers, worse is it might not be sold at all.
You can start preparing your home for the market by fixing these 4 items that we are about to tell you. It will not only make your house look well maintained to buyers, but it might also boost the value of your property.
1. Update or replace electrical items
Since when have you replaced your electrical panels and circuits? If it’s a long time, then consider replacing them with the updated ones. Modern electrical materials will not only make your house look updated; it will also make your house safer. Call an electrician to replace your old electrical panels with safety switches and newer electrical materials. You may also want to check your wiring for any issues to prevent unwanted accidents from it.
2. Minor interior and exterior updates
Remodeling a house for sale doesn’t sound good specially nowadays. And besides, it is a waste of investment. But doing a minor facelift on the indoor and outdoor parts of your house can increase your property’s appeal to buyers.
If the paint is five to seven years old or it is already showing signs of chipping off and faded caused by the sun, then it is best for it to be painted again. You can start checking the walls, ceilings, trims, and doors if it needs to be painted again.
- Minor fixes
Replacing a broken tile, updating old outlet face plates or faucets, tightening a loose handrail and updating other hardware are easy minor fixes that you can do by yourself. This will make your home look fresh as before and with minimal cost.
We have mentioned a few times on some of our blogs that light can make a room larger. And home buyers do love space. With that in mind, take time to analyze your current space and see if there are ways to improve the lighting. Try to update your outdated light fixtures. This will give a modern look and feel on your house. This in turn can lead to a quicker sale. But nothing beats the natural light, so let the sunlight enter every room in your house as much as possible.
- Roofs and outdoors
Buyers are reluctant to buy a property if they must replace the roof. It may be costly, but this will open plenty of potential buyers who are willing to buy your house and reduces the chance of your original price to lessen. Check your sidewalk for cracks then patch it up. Also, give your fence a makeover by painting or fixing them.
3. Improvements in the kitchen
Studies show that the kitchen area is the 3rd area of your house that buyers are looking forward to. With that in mind, take the time to check these areas within your kitchen and make the necessary fixes.
- Kitchen appliances
The stove, refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher need to be in good working condition. If appliances are outdated and consider replacing them.
- Kitchen cabinets
Buyers usually open the kitchen cabinets to see how much storage they can have. Check if the doors and drawers can open and close smoothly. Tighten the hinges if the are loose, unclog or replace drawer tracks if they are rusted or stuck. Update or replace broken handles or knobs. If the paint on them has chipped or peeled off, then paint them again. And change the hardware with the new ones to give them an updated look.
- Sinks and faucets
These should not leak or clog. Make sure any overflow drains functions properly and the hot and cold faucets should function as marked.
4. Flooring fixes
Floorings also need attention when it comes to prepping your house on the market. It should look presentable and in good condition. You can start by replacing cracked or chipped floor tiles, refinish scratched or dented hardwood, replacing damaged carpets and steam clean your carpets (specially if you have pets).
Buyers will never buy a house that is not well maintained. For your home to be sold fast, make sure that you get the must fixes in your house be done before putting your house on the market.
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