A lot of money goes into buying a new house, so it is completely understandable if a seller feels hesitant investing to fix up their current house prior to selling. However, sellers may not realize that some of the issues they live with everyday and consider minor, such as the hallway light switch or the kitchen sink that has plumbing issues, may actually be considered major to home buyers. Some of these issues may even be deal breakers or lead buyers to submit lowball offers. It’s crucial to keep your house presentable and in good shape before you list it on the market.
Here is a list of the most important repairs that will make the biggest impact with buyers:
Roof Problems: A roof is one of the most important components of a home because it is protecting all that is underneath. Additionally, roofs are major expenses to replace. Issues like water and sun damage, clogged gutters, and rotting will lead to bigger (and more expensive) issues if not fixed timely. Tending to these items immediately will help prevent further damage and help present the home well. Recent hail storm? You may even be able to get your roof replaced by your insurance policy for a fraction of the cost!
Poor Maintenance: Minor issues such as damaged flooring, paint chipping, and old carpeting can be easily fixed to give your home a renovation. Your goal is to make your home appealing so start by replacing anything that is heavily worn and adding a fresh coat of paint.
HVAC: The heating and cooling units (especially the AC in Texas) are usually a top concern for buyers. Having a qualified HVAc professional do a pre-listing inspection can find minor issues that are easily resolvable, but go a long way to a buyer. If sellers take care of their HVAC units, it is usually a good indication of diligence that can be found throughout the home.
Plumbing: Plumbing problems can result in minor or major issues and it is very important to take care of these issues right away as they can lead to further problems. Bigger problems such as water damage can lead to mold and easy fixes to leaky faucets can be replaced inexpensively.
Wiring: Electrical problems can cause a wide variety of problems. Smaller fixes such as faulty switches, missing wire nuts, or damaged junction boxes can be fixed by a good electrician. Replacing a circuit breaker might be needed if they don’t match the amperage of your home.
While some repairs are easy to spot, a good amount are not visible to the average homeowner. Getting a pre-listing inspection by a local home inspector is a great idea to get a clear picture of what needs to be repairs vs what can be left for the new buyers. For more information, contact me anytime!
Thanks & Gig 'Em!
Alexis Knox, Realtor