Making Repairs Before Putting Your Home on the Market

It Is Worth It

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You are moving. Probably to a larger or newer home. But you want to sell your home and you want a family to love it as you did.

Think of what you have seen in houses that really caught your eye. Was it color, style, upgrades? Have a good friend look at the interior of your home with a buyer’s eye. Chances are that they will see things that you overlooked. A real estate agent can do the same and usually with a checklist.

Making the right improvements will result in a faster sale of your home for top dollar. Some repairs are more worthwhile than others. But how do you know what things to do before putting your house on the market?

Before you list your home, you need to do everything you can to make sure it looks its best for potential buyers. Making some strategic improvements before listing can help you attract more interest and offers, speeding up your sale and helping you net a higher price.

Major repairs like needing a new roof, for example, may cost you around $10,000 to fix it, but a buyer might think the same repair would cost them double that and pass on your home if they think they must take care of it themselves. Major structural problems like roofs or foundations should be at the top of your repair list.

Other repairs that will add value to your home include:

  • Repairing any holes in the walls and ceilings

  • Replacing broken appliances

  • Fixing leaky plumbing

  • Replacing damaged carpet or flooring

  • Replacing broken window glass or screens

  • Applying a fresh coat of paint

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The kitchen always seems to be a top priority, even for buyers who don’t cook. They want to envision themselves in the kitchen, preparing meals for the family or entertaining friends. Some of these include repainting, upgrading the lighting, updating the cabinets or at least the hardware, and replace or repair the countertops.

Also, consider back splashes, new grout or caulk, and light fixtures.

Place a flower vase or a bowl of fruit on the table to give a down-home feel.

Above all — CLEAN your kitchen until it shines.


Potential buyers want to see clean, crisp, updated bathrooms. Old and dirty bathrooms give everyone the creeps. There is something about them that makes you feel a bit grungy. If your goal is to win prospective buyers over, your bathroom, like your kitchen, should be immaculate

Replace leaking faucets, update lighting, and paint in a complimentary color.

Simple bathroom re-grouting may cost just $1 to $2 per square foot, increasing to $10 per square foot for more complicated jobs.



Scratched-up wood flooring; ratty, outdated carpeting; and tired linoleum make your home feel sad. Buyers might take one step inside and scratch the property from their list. Want to know how to increase the value of your home? Install new flooring.

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  • HVAC system: Call your local HVAC technician for a checkup. Have your ducts cleaned.

  • Chimney: Get an inspection and sweep to keep your fireplace or wood stove operating safely.

  • Plumbing: Small leaks can quickly turn into big problems. Check for water stains, leaks, and running toilets. Consult a plumber for repairs.

  • Gutters: Clean your gutters to keep rainwater draining safely away from your home. If it is raining the day of a showing, buyers will notice the rain coming over the gutters.

  • Pet Damage and/or odors: Repair any scratches or bites that your cute little pet may have made. Also, make sure that there are no pet stains on carpet or flooring.

  • Bugs and pests: Take care of ants and spiders yourself but call in the pros if you see signs of termite damage or rodents.

Setting up your home for selling success doesn’t have to be expensive. Focus on the most important repairs first. Set a budget. Make a plan. Sell your home.

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