Before selling a home on the traditional real estate market, many real estate agents recommend home sellers complete repairs. “According to the Real Estate Staging Association, homes that have minor repairs completed before going on the market sell 90% faster.” Home repairs can quickly become expensive home renovations, if you aren’t careful. Inexpensive home repairs will make ready any home for the sale on the traditional real estate market.
You only get one chance to make a first impression! There are so many great inexpensive repairs homeowners can complete to increase curb appeal:
- Trim back bushes and trees
- Spread fresh mulch in your flowerbeds
- Repair any loose stones in your walkway
In addition to yard work, some paint can spruce up your entry and even add perceived value. “In a recent survey conducted by the Real Estate Staging Association, 79% of home staging professionals said that a colorful or statement front door can increase the perceived value of the home.”
A Fresh Coat of Paint
A fresh coat of paint is a great inexpensive way to instantly clean up a home. If you’ve ever watched an episode of House Hunters, you know how prospective buyers can fixate on paint colors. New paint is a great way to make a space neutral and ready for any buyer.
Paint can also update your kitchen. Did you know, some kitchen cabinets can be painted? This task is best left to the professionals but is significantly less expensive than a whole new kitchen.
Weekend Walk Through
If you are handy, this repair can be free! Take a weekend to walk through your home with only basic tools. Check for anything from loose door knobs to broken screens to leaky faucets. While these repairs may seem minor, they all add up. Most buyers don’t want to purchase a project, so complete as many tasks as you can!
Listing a home on the traditional real estate market can be a long (and sometimes costly) process. For this reason many home sellers choose to sell directly to a real estate investor. When selling to an investor there are no repairs to complete; they purchase homes in as-is condition.