7 Repairs You MUST Make Before Selling Your Home

by admin on September 27, 2012 · 0 comments

If you are in the market to sell your home, then you most likely want to sell it as soon as possible, and for as much money as possible, right? If you want to get the most for your home, then there are certain things you should do before you even begin showing it to prospective buyers. Here are seven important repairs you must make before you sell your home:

Fix Water Leaks

Check all of your water faucets, as well as your plumbing pipe work, to determine whether or not you have any water leaks. If you do find even the smallest leak, repair it; or, you may even hire a plumber to inspect your home and repair any leaks. Make sure your windows and doors aren't leaking water when it rains and, if they are, recaulk them or add a flood barrier.

Basement Dampness

It's not unusual for basements to be a little humid, or even to have the occasional wet spot due to laundry or a leaky window. However common dampness in the basement is, you should dry out your basement and make sure it smells clean (as opposed to mildewy) before you invite anyone in.

Electrical Panels

Your home's electric panel should be very easy to see and readily accessible. You may have to clear out some tree branches, vines, or bushes to put your electric panel on display, but this is an absolute must. Also, if your electric panel is the old fuse box style, then you should replace it with a circuit breaker box.

Water Drainage Problems

There are a number of water drainage problems that you may have in your home - slow draining bathtubs and slow filling toilet tanks, for example - and these issues should be cleared up before you put your home on the market.

Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Outlets

Many older homes don't have these, but GFCI outlets are a must, especially in the kitchen and the bathroom, were you are likely to have appliances right next to a water source. This is a matter of safety, so you cannot skip this.

Garbage Disposal

While it is possible that prospective buyers might forget to check that your garbage disposal works, you can bet that a home inspector will. In order to avoid last-minute hold-ups before the closing, get your garbage disposal fixed right away.

Interior Walls

This is primarily for aesthetic reasons, and it can make a huge difference in how others perceive your home. Fill any holes in the drywall, and then apply a fresh coat of paint on all walls, throughout the home. Choose a neutral color to appeal to the taste of the general population.

As you can see, you must prepare your home for the market before you even take the first steps toward selling it. Follow these tips to get the most you can out of the sale of your home.

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