Are you considering putting your home on the market? Before you do, you will want to make sure it is in top shape. If you haven’t given your home much attention in recent years, there may be a few things that need a little bit of TLC. Yet when you’re getting a home ready to sell, the last thing you really want to do is pour thousands of dollars into it. You must delegate how you spend your funds. Here are some of the critical things that you need to fix before you list.
1. Structural Problems
If your home’s structure has a problem, you need to fix it. If you don’t, the home may not pass inspection, and savvy buyers will notice. Also, homes with structure problems may not be insurable.
2. Mechanical Problems
If any of the homes costly systems, like the HVAC or the water heater, aren’t functioning properly, fix or replace them before listing. Non-functioning big-ticket items will either prevent the home from selling or prevent it from selling at a good price. A new HVAC system or water heater is also a strong selling point.
3. Aesthetic Problems with the Exterior
If there’s something on the outside of the home that detracts from it, fix it. From landscaping to wood rot, these problems will cause potential buyers to drive right on by your home. Remember, curb appeal is one of the most important factors in any successful home sale, and you need to ensure the exterior of the home shines.
4. Problems in the Kitchen or Bathroom
It’s true that bathrooms and kitchens sell homes. If there are serious problems, including outdated fixtures or non-functional components, in these areas, fix them before you list. You’ll have a hard time selling with a kitchen that’s stuck in the 1980s.
New flooring can make or break a home sale. Whether you replace altogether or simply have your flooring professionally cleaned or re-finished, this is the part of your home that will give it the “wow” factor to potential buyers.
As you consider the places where you can make changes, you are going to have to prioritize. There’s simply not enough money to do it all! Put your focus on these areas, and you will be happy with the results!