If you’re thinking of selling your home you are probably trying to do everything you can to ensure that it goes for as much as possible. There is nothing more important than first impressions when you’re trying to appeal to potential buyers on open days – it’s important your property is clean, tidy and as aesthetically pleasing as possible. While there might be a few that see past the looks at first glance, the majority of people who see your home are going to judge it quickly.
It’s also important to cover a few basic repairs when you’re preparing for sale; you need to ensure it is in the condition for a new family to move in. Follow a few of these tips and make sure your property looks good and is in the best position to fetch a high price.
Repair the doors
Old screen doors, stiff hinges, broken tiles and chipped concrete steps in the entryway to your home are immediate turn offs for potential buyers. The entrance to your home is the first part of the property that will be seen and will form the basis for initial impressions. To see what might need fixing, step into the shoes of a first-time guest and walk from the sidewalk to the front door, taking note of every detail that you can. It can be difficult to step back and see things at face value, but with the right mindset it can help to spot problem areas.
Clear the gutters
It’s not the best job but it is one that’s noticeable. Get the ladder out and clear out the gutters before open day and try to spot any leaks or cracks while you’re up there. A bit of caulk to create seamless gutters can make a difference – people tend to notice when there is water pouring off the roof every few meters if it is wet.
Replace damaged flooring
If the carpet is worn or your vinyl flooring is loose or peeling, it might be time to replace it. Doing the job now will be less expensive than you think and you’ll take away a potential bargaining chip from a buyer looking to get the lowest price with their offer.
These are just three basic repairs that can ensure you get the most out of your home sale. Buyers will use anything to try and get a better price, so it’s important you try to create an overwhelmingly positive first impression. You’ll attract more and better offers and your property will spend less time sitting on the market.