When people sell a house, they’re often thinking about cosmetic issues. They don’t realize that any real buyer will ask for an inspection or multiple ones before buying a home. This means that whatever you may be trying to hide is going to come out. You’ll then either have to repair, accept a lower offer or kiss that buyer goodbye.
There are some essential home repairs that you should consider performing before you put your home on the market. Some might increase the property’s value, while others will have to be made for buyers to consider your house. Let’s take a look at some common home issues you have to fix before selling your home.
Drainage issues have to be addressed immediately and are probably already affecting your landscaping. This is one of the things that an inspector will notice right away. Leaving these as is would be a bad idea considering that fixing drainage problems can be relatively simple, depending on their nature.
Surface issues, for instance, could easily be fixed on your own or by calling a landscaping company, so make sure to have one come in to get at the root of the problem before you list your property.
This is another thing you might want to consider before you sell. If there are some missing shingles on the roof, you’ll have to fix those. You might have trouble finding the same tile, however, and you don’t want the roof to look like it was patched. In that case, it would be wise to consider replacing the roof.
While this might seem like a major project to sell, it could pay off. New roofs are big winners with sellers, and it is estimated that the ROI on a new roof could be as much as 109% so that you would be getting the roof for free plus a little extra.
People love the idea of not having to worry about installing a new roof any time soon. A new roof could also dramatically change the look of your property.
Bad flooring will kill any sale, and seeing worn-out flooring will send red flags flying to most investors. The only exception is if this is clear from the get-go that this is a project. Besides that, people will automatically assume that the house is poorly maintained and that there’s probably something wrong with it.
Poor paving also falls into this category. Imagine people coming to your house, and the first thing they notice is the chipped or missing pavers they almost tripped on. That’s not a good look and one that could be fixed by making only a few adjustments.
These are some examples of common issues you’ll need to address before you sell any property. We suggest you speak with an agent if you don’t have one already. They’ll be able to guide you on what needs to be done to get the most out of your property and mistakes to avoid as well.