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Home Repairs You Should Do Before Listing Your House
There is nothing more upsetting that to have negotiated a deal for the sale of your house only to be presented with a long list of repairs that have been found when the buys had their home inspection. A lot of pain and suffering can be eliminated if you just look at your home through the eyes of a seller and make some of these repairs before you ever list the house.
Here are some things to look for:
Water damage to exterior trim - Take a walk around the exterior of the house and really look. If you see rotten or splitting boards have them replaced, then caulk and paint. This is a great way to show that your house and been well maintained.
Fogged Windows - Make sure that any and all windows that are foggy or cracked are replaced. This is something you just “get used to seeing” but it will jump out at a person who is looking to buy your house.
Leaky Tubs, Showers, etc. - When was the last time you used your jet tub? Are you sure that it doesn’t leak. Check to tub for leaks before it is put to the test during a home inspection. Also check your showers and faucets for leaks. If there is a leak, have the leak fixed. Leaks never work in your favor!
Burned Out Light Bulbs - Replace every light bulb that is burned out. Home inspectors do not take the time to check to see if a bulb is burned out, they just note “light not working, have evaluated by a licensed electrician”. Electricians are expensive and you can save yourself a lot of hassle by just replacing the bulbs.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) – These issues are always a big concern because of the high replacement cost. Clean and service your unit. Also, change the air filter and make sure everything is in good working order.
Gutters – Be sure your gutters are clean and free of debris before listing your home. The gutters should be functioning and properly channeling water away from the foundation.
These are fundamental fixes. During the home inspection other things are bound to come up but if you address these issues, you will decrease the risk of real deal-breaker items coming out of the blue.
Sam Lepore is a Realtor with Keller Williams in Moorestown, NJ. Call him today at 856.297.6827 ....