So, you’ve decided to sell your house. Obviously, you want to get the best deal for it in the shortest time possible. In order for the sale to go smoothly, however, you also need to invest in the whole process and do some necessary repairs around your house. This is a key strategy if you want to boost your home’s resale value and get plenty of buyers interested in making the purchase. You may not need to deal with all the repairs mentioned here, but these are the ones that can definitely make a significant difference in the rating of your house on the market.
Make sure your place is bright
Lighting plays a huge role in making your house more inviting for the potential buyers. In that respect, you should thoroughly check whether there’s a need for some lighting repairs. Moreover, get new light bulbs for your house. Try to choose ones that will illuminate the space well but won’t be too harsh on the eyes. Of course, don’t forget to check the working order of the exterior lighting solutions.
A fresh coat of paint
You don’t have to repaint your entire house if you believe that’s not necessary. However, the rooms that look a bit dull or have some wall damage definitely need to be repainted. When choosing your paint, opt for neutral shades because they are the most popular. Try to avoid wallpaper. It’s very trendy at the moment, that’s true, but it’s also very personal. When it comes to your house’s exterior, you should definitely focus on your trim and front door if everything else is in a decent condition. In case it’s not and it’s necessary to invest in repainting the whole exterior, it would be wise to get professional help and use a portable scaffolding service to make sure the work is done quickly and perfectly.
Spruce up your kitchen
The kitchen is one of those rooms that can break or make the whole deal. In that respect, you have to put some extra attention to detail into your kitchen. Make sure that all the cupboards and cabinets look nice. So, no chipped paint! Also, they have to be sturdy – replace the hinges if you have to. Of course, make sure that your faucets and sinks are new or as good as new. Finally, you may want to spruce up the look of your countertops. This is not a must, but it can definitely make the whole kitchen look more put together and inviting.
Just like the kitchen, the bathroom is another room in your house that’s essential for making the successful sale. That being the case, you should make sure that your bathroom looks impeccable. So, the first thing you have to do is to check your tiles and replace any broken or chipped ones. Furthermore, your faucets and shower should be in pristine condition, with no leaks. Of course, get rid of the caulk as well. Finally, your bathroom can look transformed if you just get a completely new toilet seat and shower curtain. Don’t neglect these little details when it comes to boosting your home’s resale value.
Electricity and plumbing
You can’t avoid a thorough inspection of your house before finalizing the sale. Therefore, it’s best that you know the exact condition of your electrical and plumbing systems. Not only will this ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises, but if you tend to these repairs, you can definitely market your house in a more flattering and profitable way. You don’t have to go to extreme lengths when your house repairs are concerned, but electricity and plumbing should undoubtedly be in fine working order if you want to get the best deal out of this.
Depending on the state your house is currently in, you should be prepared for some minor and/or major repairs. If you want this sale to be a success and worth your while then you need to make some prior investments as well. Also, if you have a yard and/or a garden, try to improve the look of your landscape as well. This can be done with simple and elegant green turf and a nice footpath – you don’t even need to plant a lot of flowers and shrubbery as long as there are no weeds and messy bushes to spoil the look of it all.
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Derek Lotts is a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator and writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and everything related to home improvement. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.