Wouldn’t it be great if selling a house was as easy as selling a car? If you really want to, you can sell your car the same day you decide you want to put it up for sale, but such a feat with selling a house would be nothing short of a miracle. Even though there’s no way to guarantee you’ll sell your home in a day, there are some repairs that can make selling your home much easier.
With millions of houses on the market in major US cities and rural areas every year, you’re up against a lot of competition. The more ready your house is for prospective homeowners to move in, the more likely you are to make a quick sale of your home. Continue reading to learn which four home repairs and improvements you should consider before you put your home on the market.
1. It might be a good idea to paint or replace your walls.
If you raised children in your house, the chances are that your walls have the scars to prove it. From early attempts at duplicating Picasso to regular “kid stuff,” children have a tendency to put walls through the gauntlet.
If you realize that your home needs major renovations, you might consider having your real estate agent find the right contractor for you. Venterra CEO John Foresi never leaves a stone unturned when trying to find the right services for Venterra’s clients, and his team members know the importance of making the selling experience as simple as possible for their clients. So, if you have a home that’s a fixer-upper, hiring the right real estate agency could go a long way towards getting your home ready for sale.
2. Your roof is the most important part of the home’s exterior.
Before potential buyers even walk into your home, they inspect the exterior from top to bottom, and what’s at the top of your house? The roof. Even if the roof isn’t the first thing someone looks at when they’re examining the outside of your home, it’s probably the part of the exterior to which they pay the most attention. A new roof can make your entire house look newer on the outside.
If you notice that the shingles in your roof are in disrepair, you should consider having a roofer inspect it. Plenty of people claim they can take on a roofing project, but it’s always best to let a professional roofer handle your roof replacement or repairs.
If you want to give your home a more modern look that’s also energy-efficient, you should consider having the roofer install slate tiles instead of shingles. Even if you do want a more traditional look, new architectural shingles are more stylish and durable than their three-tab predecessors.
If you want a roofer you can rely on to do a great job and provide optimal customer satisfaction, don’t simply choose the first roofing contractor that pops up when you type in “roofer near me.” Ask your neighbors and friends about contractors in the area as firsthand word of mouth is often the most reliable information. You should also check the customer reviews for any roofing contractor you’re considering before hiring them. After all, customer experience doesn’t lie.
3. The kitchen is the most important room in the home.
No matter what condition your home is in, you should consider upgrading your kitchen before putting your home on the market if you haven’t renovated it over the last decade. The kitchen is one of the parts of the home that has to change with the times, and it’s the one part of the home that nearly every homebuyer considers to be a top priority.
Right now, open kitchens are the trend. They allow people in the kitchen to communicate with people in the family room or watch television while they’re preparing a meal. Another great thing about open kitchens is that they usually have islands, which give them more counter and cabinet space.
4. Plumbing is essential.
The last thing you want to be out of order when people come to visit your home is the plumbing. Nothing will turn prospective homeowners away more quickly than entering your home to the aroma of backed-up plumbing.
It would be a good idea to have a plumbing contractor make sure everything in your kitchen and bathroom is working properly before you put your home on the market. Those two rooms tend to either attract or repel—there isn’t much in between.