Home flaws, no matter how small you may think they are, will make it harder to sell your home. Most homebuyers understand that a home won’t be flawless, especially an older home, but they also don’t expect to pay thousands of dollars to make repairs without some sort of discount on the home’s price.
Sometimes, as a long-term owner of the home, you may start to ignore the slow draining faucet or creaking floor boards.
But others may not be able to ignore these small issues.
When selling your home, you’ll want to make the following repairs to boost your home’s selling value and make a sale faster.
1. Ripped Window Screens
A rather small repair that can make a big difference, a ripped window screen will happen naturally over time. These screens are difficult to replace, and many buyers will not budge and won’t repair the screen.
Buyers will often ask for credit so that they can have the repairs made.
Some buyers will back away from a purchase if the homeowner refuses to make the repair. Sometimes, a repair can be $5 for a screen that can be repaired, or it can be $100+ to have a professional replace the entire screen.
2. Slow-Draining Sinks and Bathtubs
Sinks and bathtubs that drain slowly can be a quick fix, or it can be a nightmare. The plumbing system is a major home system, and if it has flaws, it can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Homebuyers want peace of mind in knowing that they’ll be purchasing a home with a plumbing system that isn’t severely damaged.
"Frequent backups and clogs often mean there is an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. It is not easy to tell when a sewer needs to be repaired or replaced entirely. Sewer camera inspections should be conducted," explains NE Pipe.
Camera inspection results, when they’re good and show a clean system in good working order, can be turned into a selling point for the home.
Drips should also be repaired.
3. Paint the Home
If a home looks dated or has cosmetic issues, one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to correct the issue is to repaint the interior. You can go with trends and choose colors that people prefer, such as neutral and light colors that go with most furniture and décor.
You'll find that the rooms that need to be repainted will include paint that is:
It’s not necessary to repaint the entire home – in many cases. Wallpaper is another way to get rid of those bad first impressions. You’ll want to remove old wallpaper that makes the home look and feel older.
It's easier for a potential buyer to picture themselves in a home that has neutral color rather than wallpaper that may date back decades.
Fix any loose faceplates, repaint, correct any major cosmetic flaws and you’ll find that buyers will be more inclined to bid on your home as a result. You'll often be asked to make these repairs before closing, so it’s better to be proactive and make the repairs first.