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Preparing To Sell Your House Repairs And Replacements
Common repairs and replacements include painting both exterior and interior, light fixtures, installing new faucets, cabinet hardware, outlets and switches, and potentially a few major upgrades.
Making repairs and replacing old items can definitely maximize your sales price.
This post is Tip # 6 in our Top 10 Tips to Sell Your House for Maximum Sales Price.
While you de-clutter and de-personalize the house, you'll likely find a few items that could be repaired or replaced. Allocating funds, time and energy to making repairs or replacing items may be well worth the effort. Work with your broker to determine the best use of these funds, these projects have a tendency to spin out of control as there is always more to do! The most common repairs and replacements we recommend are outlined below.
As discussed in the Lighten Up post, fresh paint will do wonders for your days on market and gaining the highest sales price. If you are only going to do one thing, the highest impact on sales price for lowest dollars spent is usually PAINT.
Replacing or painting the front door, handle and lock instantly makes the house look 10 years younger. Full paint of the garage door, exterior trim and new, visible, attractive address lettering all increase curb appeal immediately. Check the roof for any loose shingles, clean the gutters, and make sure gutters and downspouts are secure to the house.
New light fixtures are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Removing old, outdated light fixtures throughout the house and installing new, modern looking fixtures will increase the appeal to a wide variety of buyers. Bathrooms, bedrooms and hallway fixtures are the simplest to replace; Canned lighting, ceiling fans, or chandeliers can be more challenging, but still doable for a handy-person.
Similarly, exterior light fixtures can go a long way. Depending on the time of year you are selling your house, buyers may be touring in the dark after work hours. Installing exterior lights will help them see how well you've maintained the yard, walkways and entrance. At bare minimum, be sure to replace all out light bulbs and clean out dusty light fixtures throughout the house.
Since you're going to the hardware store anyway, swing by the plumbing department and grab a few new faucets. Replacing old faucets immediately makes the house look newer and cleaner for a small financial investment.
Caulk & Grout
Scrap the old caulk off around sinks, showers, bathtubs and windows and apply a new layer of caulking. This 1 hour project immediately makes nearly every room look cleaner, fresher and well maintained. Well worth the effort!
Re-grouting tiling is a bit more challenging, but depending on the current condition of the grout, could be well worth the effort.
Check all the cabinet knobs & drawer pulls in the kitchen and bathrooms. If they are loose tighten them up. Next, check all doors, knobs and locks throughout the house. Tighten up any loose hardware and grease any squeaky hinges. Also check sliding doors and windows, with clean tracks they should open and close easily, apply grease if necessary for a smooth opening and closing experience.
Depending on the condition of current knobs, installing new door knobs or kitchen hardware may be worth the effort. New kitchen hardware makes an older kitchen pop and if the house is vacant, new door knobs really stand out.
Outlets and Switches
Similar to door knobs, new outlets and switches really stand out in a vacant home. Older, outdated outlets, switches and wall plates look and feel dirty, although they are not. Replacing these is a cost effective way to improve the overall look and feel of your house.
Major upgrades include replacing flooring, kitchen cabinets, bathrooms, and/or kitchen appliances. May also include replacing major systems such as roof, electrical panel, plumbing, water heater, HVAC system, and so forth. Depending on many factors, these efforts may be worth it in the end. Work with your broker to determine the best, highest impact course of action.
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