Now that you have decided to sell your house, you might be tempted to make some basic home repairs to make your house as attractive as possible and to appeal to only the best buyers. Of course, making repairs and beautifying isn’t wrong; however, homeowners tend to overdo it and waste dollars on unnecessary repairs.
So, before you put your home improvement ideas on the table and purchase supplies, take a step back and think about what would really make your property attractive to buyers. The following are three improvements that will go a long way.
- Keep walkways and the yard in shape
Even if you have moved out of the property, it is still a good idea to keep the landscape tidy by cleaning the flowerbeds, raking leaves, and removing dead trees. It is also a good idea to set a timer on the lights so your property doesn’t appear eerie and dark. Similarly, don’t let your mail or newspapers pile up. Arrange to have your walkways and driveways plowed every week.
- Check your roof and clean the gutters
Cleaning your gutters and checking your roof can easily slip your mind. However, neglecting roof and gutter issues can lead to a severe domino effect that can turn away potential buyers.
Overflowing gutters not only damage the foundation, they cause drainage problems as well. Plus, it is highly unappealing for a potential buyer to see puddling water when visiting your house.
Similarly, the roof will be examined during the home inspection, but it is still better to have someone take a look at it beforehand. Small cracks in the roof often go undetected, ultimately causing water to infiltrate your house slowly and damage the walls and ceilings.
One simple way to make your house more attractive is to paint the walls with a neutral and soft color. The ideal color is off-white and, while your walls might have a unique, appealing color, others might not have the same taste in paint color. The same applies to carpet.