Here, now, are some general guidelines for repairs to consider before selling a home that should be shared with your prospective sellers:
1. Check your flooring
While carpeting was really in style in the 1960s, it seems that hardwood flooring is the order of the day of late. Most older homes tend to have an oak floor base, so if that’s your case, your best bet would be to rip out your carpet and expose this beautiful floor.
If, however, your flooring underneath is plywood, then replace the carpeting with a neutral light tan color instead. That way, at least any type of furniture would blend in.
If ceramic flooring is what you have floating throughout your home, replace any chipped or crack tiles with new ones.
2. Get started on the paint job
By far, the cheapest and easiest way to increase the value and esthetics of your home, a new paint job will easily appeal to most home buyers, as they tend to gravitate toward move-in ready homes and not ones that require a ton of work. If you have wallpaper, get rid of it because décor is a subjective thing and a home buyer wants to personalize their new home with their personality; they don’t want to let yours linger.
3. Improve your kitchen
If your appliances and cabinets rock, then you are that much closer to an easy home sale. If, however, your cabinets are rickety and old, chances are you will have to improve upon them with either a paint job or by replacing them altogether.
Minor kitchen remodels return nearly 100 percent of the cost incurred, so you really have nothing to lose.
While granite counters, new faucets and sparkling sinks would wow buyers, replacing them for sale will not work in your favor and you will likely not turn a profit from it.
4. Revamp your bathrooms
It is safe to say that minor redecorating in bathrooms will give you a 100 percent return on what you spend. If your floors are pretty awesome, then spend some money replacing the fixtures and lights, and you are ready to get selling.
5. Give your curb appeal an overhaul
Okay, for the sake of honesty, if your roof needs to be repaired, you need to do it. Otherwise, the chances of your home selling get slimmer with each visiting home buyer. Buyers tend to frown upon homes where the roof needs to be replaced. That is perhaps the biggest cost you will have to incur for your curb appeal. Besides that, you will need to patch cement cracks in the driveway, plant greenery, caulk windows, clean the door, and perhaps paint the fence if need be.