5 Repairs You Must Complete Before You Sell Your Home

You might think that you can sell your home without completing all the necessary repairs. But, you are wrong because many buyers these days are not looking for a fixer-upper and this is essentially what you will be providing. So, if you are going to try and sell your home, you need to have completed at least the 5 repairs that we are going to discuss in this article.

The Roof

One of the most important repairs that you need to complete before you put your house on the market is the roof. If there are any leaks in the roof, these need to be sorted ASAP. It is not going to be beneficial for your family to live in a house with a roof issue, but you are certainly not going to have much luck trying to pass it on in this condition. You can hire someone to do this for you, you don’t have to try and do it yourself.

If you think that there is a potential issue with your roof but you are not sure whether or not this is the case, you are going to have to hire someone to go up there and check it out. There are professionals that you can call who will come and inspect your roof to make sure that everything is in order. It is better to get any issues fixed while they are small so that it doesn’t get worse and end up needing an entire roof repair. This is not going to be a good thing for you as it will need replacing before you can even think of putting your house on the market.

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A new roof adds instant curb appeal.

Fences And Walls

Do you have any fences in your garden? If so, you need to ensure that these are all in good condition. By this we mean that they are not knocked over, missing parts, or look like they are straight out of a horror movie. If you find that your fences are looking a little ragged but not too bad, you might be able to get away with just adding a fresh coat of paint. If there is more extensive damage, you might want to call a handyman to see what they can do.

The same goes for your walls. Not that we think your walls are going to be missing parts, but if there are cracks or holes these needs to be filled as soon as you can. This is not a difficult task and one that you can do by yourself without hiring a professional. All you have to do is go to your local home depot and pick up some filler. You will find this a straightforward task unless there is some extensive damage, then you might need to call a carpenter.

However, it is worth noting that some companies will allow you to go through with selling your house as it is without you completing this work. So, if the work is extensive and something that you don’t think you can afford to do, you can look into this option. But, keep in mind that most private buyers will not accept this.

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Ensuring your fences are garden walls are in good repair will help you sell your home faster.

Mold

Mold is something that nobody wants in their house. Not just because it doesn’t look nice, but also because some mold can be poisonous. You wouldn’t want to move your family into a house that could cause you health issues and neither do the potential buyers you need to be keeping in mind. If the build-up isn’t too bad, you can buy some spray to get rid of this. But, if you have neglected it and let it grow over the last few years, you are going to need to hire a professional to remove this for you. This is one of the most important repairs that you are going to need to complete, and if you don’t you are going to find that selling your home is near impossible. Even if the potential buyer doesn’t pick up on this issue, when they hire a survey to be done on the house, the expert certainly will. This is why it is crucial to make sure that all mold has been removed from the premises.

Pest Infestation

If you know that you have an issue with pests, you must get this sorted. When you are repairing your home and deciding what is vital and what isn’t, you need to keep in mind the kind of home you would want to move into. Pests can be anything from ants, wasps, carpet beetles and so many other creepy crawlies. There is a simple solution to this, you need to hire an exterminator. They will spray the entire premises so that any bugs that come in contact with the insecticide will die. This will take care of your issue, and the people who are moving in won’t be plagued with creepy crawlies.

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An exterminator can rid you of ants and other creepy visitors.

Poor Insulation

Insulation is going to be important to keep the home warm in the winter months. If your house has poor insulation, you need to get this repaired. To do this you need to be checking all of the windows to see if they are letting in any drafts, and if they are, this needs to be sorted. You are likely not going to be able to sell your home is it has poor insulation and this is just a fact. People are becoming increasingly concerned with insulation, so if you are finding that yours are below standard, you might even want to replace them for thicker glass. While you might think that this is going to be an expense you won’t get back, this is not going to be the case because higher quality windows can increase your home value.

We hope that you have found this article useful, and now know 5 of the repairs that you must complete before you put your house on the market are. Remember that doing these will help you sell your home faster and for more money.


Thank you to our contributor for these pointers.

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