Are You Ready To List?

When you put your home on the market, you obviously want to get as much as you can for the property. A lot of things can affect your home’s value, including items that are out of your control. There are several things that you can do and should consider before we stick that “For Sale” sign in the yard.

Water Stains

If you’ve got water stains on the ceiling or walls, they tell potential buyers that there are leaks somewhere. It’s possible that you already took care of the leak, but a buyer isn’t going to know that, and will likely assume that there’s might be a surprise waiting for them somewhere. You of course need to locate the leak and repair it, but after that’s done you should do something about the water stain as well and take the time to do it right so that the stains don’t reappear.

Slow Drains

If you have slow drains in your home, this can be a big source of concern for some home buyers. They might ask about the plumbing, or even want to run more water to see what the water pressure and drains are like everywhere else. To head off potential problems it’s important to do your best to take care of the issue. In many cases it’s a relatively easy fix, though there are some causes of slow drains that will take a plumber to straighten out. Still, the effort you put into it now can result in a higher selling price, ease negotiations and potentially avoid stressful delays.

Switches and Outlets

People don’t want to buy houses that have electrical problems. If your switches or outlets look discolored or beaten up, this can lead people to assume that there are problems even if there aren’t. Take the time to replace any light bulbs, damaged, discolored or malfunctioning switches and outlets, along with any non-working fixtures or “mystery switches” that you might have around the house. Even if it’s not a very big job, it can have a major impact on how potential buyers view your home.

Trip Hazards

Are there any loose bits of carpet, tile or wood on your floor that you’ve learned to just step around? Fix them before you have people in to look at the house. You might have gotten used to them, but buyers will see potential tripping hazards as something they’ll need to fix, and they’ll want to negotiate the price down as a result.

Walls and Ceilings

Are your walls dull or damaged? Take the time to fix any holes or dings before you list the house. A little bit of drywall repair can go a long way, and this can be a perfect time to update the look with a fresh coat of paint as well. Don’t neglect the ceiling either, since those little issues that you’ve learned to overlook will stick out like a sore thumb to potential buyers.

Need Help? 

If you have some repairs to make before listing but don’t know where to start, The Melanie Hunt Team can help you find the pro you need to get your home ready. Contact us so we can go to work for you today.