Our team at Staged Interior will sometimes suggest that sellers make certain home repairs to improve the look of the property before staging it for the marketplace. We recommend these repairs to improve the sellers’ negotiating position during a sale. When repairs need to be done, some buyers may try to negotiate a lower price because the property is not move-in ready.
Consider this question: Would you go into a store and buy an item if it was chipped or broken? If you said “yes”, wouldn’t you ask for a discount at the register? That’s exactly what home buyers will do if they are negotiating the sale of a home that requires repairs.
Here are five must-do repairs for your property that will make a huge impact when it comes time to sell These repairs will help sellers get the biggest return on their investment.
What does the landscaping look like?
First impressions are key when the home buyer walks up to the property. Fix both the front and back yards by adding mulch and removing leaves, branches, and debris. Plant bushes and flowers or add planters around the front door and walkway. Mow the grass, remove weeds, and make sure everything is constantly watered while the home is on the market, especially during the summer months.
Is the front door a showstopper?
A home’s front door is the first thing a home buyer will see before entering the property. Add a fresh coat of paint on the door to make it look like new and show off the home’s personality. Our team can recommend the perfect color to match the property’s exterior features.
When was the property’s interior last painted?
If the home’s interior hasn’t been painted in the last decade, it’s time for a fresh coat. Remove old worn-out wallpaper, fix any holes in the walls and get rid of cracks, stains or watermarks by adding a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color. Again, our team is trained to pick the perfect hue for the property.
Will the bathroom feel worn out to buyers?
If the bathroom needs a makeover, try taking years off the bathroom (and kitchens for that matter) by cleaning grout lines and re-caulking around windows, sinks, and tubs regularly. Grout lines tend to look grimy because they wear out and get damaged over time.
Does the property feel dark inside?
It’s important to take note of two things when it comes to lighting the property. First, if the light fixtures and lamps are outdated, its best to replace them. This will freshen up the room. Second, if the room doesn’t have enough light, consider changing out your current bulbs. Clear bulbs will supply the fixtures with maximum light. If the room still requires more light, consider adding additional fixtures or a mirror.
Doing home repairs, whether small or big, can add value to the home if done correctly. Our team can help you make the right decisions. Feel free to contact us today!