4 Repairs to Make Before Listing Your Home for Sale

You’re ready to put your home up for sale. Just like any other seller, you want your property to sell as quickly as possible. A great location and an appealing price can lure buyers in, but to seal the deal, they have to fall in love with your home.

Making these four repairs can instantly transform your home and attract serious offers from buyers.

1. Cosmetic

Your home may be in a great location and have a new roof, but if it isn’t visually appealing, buyers will walk away. Like it or not, people buy with their eyes.

Go through the interior of your home, and make note of areas that could use a little updating. You don’t necessarily have to remodel your home, but a few quick, affordable updates can go a long way in luring in buyers.

  • Fix any dings or dents in the walls
  • Slap on a new coat of paint (choose a neutral, trendy color)
  • Repair scratches in moldings
  • Update ceiling fans, light fixtures and light switches
  • Repair and repaint your front door

These small updates will instantly give your home contemporary appeal and will make buyers more likely to put in an offer.

2. Plumbing and Sewer Issues

If your home has plumbing or sewer issues, now is the time to take care of them. Whether it’s a backed-up septic tank or a simple pipe repair, these are critical repairs that need to be handled now before you even think about listing your home for sale.

No buyer wants to take on a home with sewer or plumbing issues.

3. Landscaping

Curb appeal is essential when selling a home, and landscaping is the ticket to making your home’s outdoor space more visually appealing to buyers.

You don’t necessarily have to hire a professional landscaper, although you might want to consider it if your budget allows. A few simple ways to improve your home’s curb appeal include:

  • Removing worn or wilted plants
  • Pruning or trimming overgrown plants
  • Planting grass or laying down sod
  • Removing debris from your yard
  • Tidying up planting beds
  • Adding new plants
  • Mowing the lawn

If you have overgrown trees with branches covering the home’s view, you may want to hire a professional to trim back these overgrown areas.

Remember that your home’s exterior is the first thing potential buyers see, so make sure it has a pleasant and welcoming feel.

4. Flooring

The flooring in a home says a lot about its age and its upkeep. If you still have the same carpet that was installed in the 1970s, you may turn off a lot of buyers.

Buyers want wood flooring. If you still have carpeting, it may be worth the investment to install wood flooring. At the very least, you should replace your existing carpet (unless it’s new). Choose a neutral color.

These four simple repairs can help you sell your home faster and attract more serious buyers. While they may require an upfront investment, the added value will help you get offers that are close to your asking price.

Melissa Thompson
Melissa Thompson writes about a wide range of topics, revealing interesting things we didn't know before. She is a freelance USA Today producer, and a Technorati contributor.