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July 18, 2017

What You Must Do Before You List Your Home


Repairs That Are Important Before The Home Will Sell

From the moment you decide to list your property, you’ll have real estate professionals including agents, inspectors and appraisers sizing up your house and making note of everything that isn’t up to par—and that “par” can be true problems or even simple cosmetic repairs. It can be tough to hear the laundry list of issues, especially when you love your home.

It’s important, though, to hear it all—really take it in—and separate the nice-to-haves from the need-to-haves. In other words, what repairs and updates do you need to make in order to sell your home, and what repairs could you make to, for example, increase curb appeal or drive up the asking price.

Once you’ve made your lists, focus on the repairs you NEED to make before listing your property. These should be repairs, renovations and updates that, unless they’re made, will send up red flags the minute an inspector or appraiser steps onsite. And these costly issues could derail even the most promising offer.

Repairs That Can Affect Your Homes Value

While some of these repairs may be easy to take on yourself, the majority require an experienced contractor to assess, troubleshoot, and ultimately fix. For sellers, this process could leave them with a serious case of sticker shock—they went from expecting a profit on their home to likely having to sink thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars into costly repairs before the house sells.

  • Replacing rusty or malfunctioning water heaters and tanks
  • Repairing major electrical or plumbing issues
  • Foundational issues including sinking or sloping
  • Fixing cracks in the home’s foundation, driveway or porch
  • Repairing handrails on staircases, both inside and out
  • Pest issues, including termites and existing termite damage
  • Mold growth
  • Dealing with any unpermitted work that’s been done to the house — i.e. finalizing permitting or removing unpermitted additions and structures
  • Attic insulation
  • Peeling interior or exterior paint
  • Leaks, particularly in the roof

The alternative? Consider concessions. These credits reduce your final home sale profit, giving money back to the buyer so they can tackle these necessary repairs. While it can be a good solution if you’re in a pinch and need to sell, in most cases the credits you’ll turn over far exceed the true cost of repairs. So, if you can, try and cross these repairs off your list ASAP, before your home hits the market or, at the very least, soon after.

Repairs You Should Make Before Selling Your Home

After major repairs are complete, it’s important to look at updates you could make—repairs that, often, aren’t as costly but will increase buyer appeal and potentially your final sale price. The good news? These are typically updates and repairs you can make on your own, or with a little help from local handyman—there’s no need for costly contractors or lengthy renovation periods.

Interior and exterior painting — a quick coat of neutral paint is a great way to freshen up your home. What’s more, by choosing a neutral color your house will feel more like a blank canvas, versus being “someone else’s home.” Don’t need new exterior paint? Consider a quick power wash.

Kitchen and bathroom repairs — these are two of the most scrutinized rooms. Because people spend so much time in both, prospective buyers tend to look at every detail. If there are chips in the cabinets or drawers that stick, for example, consider fixing them before the first open house. Same goes for leaky faucets and faulty dishwashers.

Repair fences and landscaping — this speaks to curb appeal. Old, dilapidated fences can make a house feel run down, as can sparse landscaping. Also, double check your driveway, porch, deck and/or patio for cracks and other signs of wear and tear, if it’s in your budget.

Swap out doors and hardware — a new door or a fresh coat of paint on an existing door, plus new door knobs and other hardware, gives houses an instant upgrade, enhancing curb appeal and making your home more inviting.

Again, these aren’t make-or-break repairs, but they are investments that will more than pay for themselves in the end.

Why Staging Matters

While it’s not a repair, staging can be key to attracting the right buyer fast—and can often increase their offer. Conventional real estate wisdom suggests buyers have a harder time imagining themselves in an empty home. So if you’ve already moved out, staging could be a great way to breathe life back into your property and help people imagine what life would like if they lived here.

Staging is also a good route to consider if your furniture is old, outdated, or particularly bright, bold, or brash. By bringing in more neutral, welcoming pieces including accessories and artwork, you’ll likely engage more buyers in a meaningful way, making your home feel more livable and inviting. And, especially in a crowded marketplace, the simple act of staging can help your home stand out, getting you a quality offer in less time. Your real estate agent can work with you to find a staging company that fits your lifestyle, timeline, and budget.

Are you still living in the house while this happens? Will you be there to open the doors, clean up for showings etc.? Do you want to pay a staging company for rental furniture and design? If not, call us and let use buy your house, as is, in as little as one week.

The Alternative? Sell Your Home With Buy Every Home

What happens, though, if you don’t want to make repairs—even repairs dictated by a home inspector or appraiser? Or what happens if you have what we call an “ugly house”—a house with zero curb appeal or some other major aesthetic issue that keeps most buyers at arm’s length? What happens when you’re confident “someone will buy my house fast for cash” or, even, “someone will buy my ugly house,” but no one is biting? You take the next step—you contact BuyEveryHome.

Our comprehensive four-step process to home sales is simple and totally streamlined—the way selling your home should be. We’ll deliver an all-cash offer on your property in just 24 hours and can move to close in as little as two weeks.

Will You Buy My Ugly House? – Absolutely. We buy all houses “as is,” meaning you won’t have to tackle any repairs or even lift a paintbrush. Whether your home needs major rehab work or simple cosmetic upgrades, we’ll take of it all post-sale — and that means less work and less expense for you.

My House Isn’t Ugly – but I Still Need to Sell My House Fast for Cash – We’re interested! Get in touch today to learn more about our four-step process, then take the next steps to secure your no-obligation all-cash offer. It’s that easy.

When it comes to selling your home—a home that needs some repairs, refreshes, or updates—you’ve got choices. You can tackle the work with a contractor or handyman. You can go it alone and make those cosmetic upgrades. You can stage the property to appeal to more sellers. You can plan to OK over some serious concessions come close. Or you can make one quick call to Buy Every Home, and get yourself on the path to a hassle-free home sale.

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