Wondering what things you should fix before you sell your house? Here are a few things to put at the top of the list.
Things to Fix Before You Sell #1: Grading and Drainage
Grading and drainage refers to how water travels around your home. When it rains or snow melts, the water should move away from your house and not cause erosion around your home.
There are a few warning signs that can alert a home inspector:
- Clogged gutters and downspouts
- Downspouts that don’t direct rain away from the home
- “Spongy” soil around the house foundation
- Water stains in the basement
Issues can occur outside as well. For example, if part of your backyard keeps getting washed away during heavy rains and grass can’t grow there, you have an erosion issue.
Things to Fix Before You Sell #2: Roof Problems
Your roof is the home’s first line of defense against the elements. When it rains, what’s keeping the water from coming into your home, soaking into the insulation and drywall and growing mold? Your roof.
Because your roof plays such an important role, it’s something every homebuyer is interested in understanding. Even though they may not get up on your roof themselves, they’ll want to know the last time it was replaced and if there’s been any damage. They’ll also ask an inspector to at least take a look at it and give their opinion.
If you need to replace your roof completely, it can cost anything from $4,000 to $17,000. However, if you just have a little water coming in, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need a whole new roof. You may be able to just get a patch job for much less money out of pocket.
Things to Fix Before You Sell #3: Cosmetics
Does your bathroom have any chipped tiles? Is paint peeling off the walls? Has your carpet seen more than its fair share of dirt, wine spills or pet stains? Is the front driveway so cracked it looks like a boiled egg that got dropped?
Even though these things are generally “just” cosmetic, they can be enough to deter buyers. Some buyers will be able to see past these things and realize they can fairly easily remedy the issues themselves.
We recommend you don’t take that chance. Even if someone does still see your home’s beautiful potential under the cosmetic issues, their offer will be smaller to account for the fixes required. Go ahead and get them done yourself. That way you can get more, higher offers.
Things to Fix #4: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Is your house freezing cold in the water or boiling hot in the summer? Good luck selling. You may be able to mask this in the spring or fall, but a good inspector will try running the system to make sure it works correctly. Plus you’re supposed to tell a buyer if there’s an issue with the system, and can find yourself in hot water later if you lie about it.
It can be very expensive to completely replace a system, so it’s best to avoid that if possible. See if a technician can do a less expensive repair that will get the system working again.
There are other important things to consider fixing: plumbing, foundation, and wiring issues come to mind. The important thing is to realize the must-haves (ie those that pose safety hazards or risk damaging the home) vs. nice-to-haves.
For some more personalized advice, give us a call at 949-392-6400. We’d love to help you prepare your home to sell quickly.
Courtesy of Cuselleration