So you’ve decided on making the “BIG” move and sell your home.
Now’s the time to get that TO DO LIST done that you’ve always said you’re going to get around to do. Below are a few tips on getting those repairs and upgrades done that won’t break the bank but can help you sell your home faster.
•Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
• Patch all holes in your walls.
•Get those leaky faucets fixed.
•Check doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam weather opening or closing and get them fixed.
•Fresh coat of paint goes a long way and consider painting your walls neutral colors.
If your home has carpeting over hardwood floors, consider removing the carpet and to refinish the floors because hardwood is what buyers want.
Plywood subfloors should be replaced with light tan carpeting . Neutral carpeting is your best choice for resale.
All chipped or cracked tiles should be replaced. Grout should be cleaned or replaced. Some say not to install ceramic (because it’s too expensive) but it’s your budget and your call and is great for aesthetic reasons in an entry way.
Ceilings & Walls
Ceilings with signs of a leaky roof and from grease or smoke and ceiling cracks should be repaired and painted. The same applies to walls. Nothing says freshness like new paint, and it’s the most cost effective improvement. Use fiberglass tape on large cracks, cover with joint compound and sand. Paint a neutral color such as light tan or taupe.
Not everyone hates wallpaper. They hate your wallpaper because it’s your personal choice and not theirs. And this applies to all dated wallpaper. Get rid of it. The easiest way is to steam it off by using an inexpensive wallpaper remover steamer.
Even if your wood paneling is not real wood but composite, you can paint it. Dated paneling must go. Older wood paneling such as walnut, mahogany, cedar and pine, it’s all gone out of style. Paint it a neutral and soft color after priming it.
Remember the Older popcorn ceilings with the “sparkles”? Well guess what? They often contain asbestos and if disturbed are health hazards. So consider getting rid of it. It’s that’s expensive but time consuming to remove. Lay down drop cloths and scrape it off. You will need to repaint.
• Kitchen Cabinets
Resurfacing is your best option. This involves attaching a thin veneer to the surface of the cabinets and replacing the doors and hardware Compare Prices. If your cabinets are painted, add a fresh coat of paint and new hardware.
•Counter tops, sinks & faucets
Granite counters can be considered but not necessary. Simple laminates, newer faucets and sparkling sinks sell. Buyers don’t want leaky faucets or stained sinks.
The national average of recouped cost is more than 100% for bathrooms. New floors, fixtures and lights payoff!
Roofs & Outer Home Exterior
If your home needs a new roof then get it done! Buyers tend to shy away from buying a home if the roof needs to be replaced.
•Patch cement cracks in sidewalks
•Patch and resurface asphalt driveways
•Plant flowers and bushes to add curb appeal
•Caulk windows and doors
•Replace doorknobs and locks
•Fix and paint fences
Overall, buyers want to buy a home that has no deferred maintenance, newer appliances, updated plumbing, electrical and heating and air-conditioning, modern conveniences and is ready to
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