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Five repairs you need to do before you sell your home

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Are you ready to move on and sell your home? Call a home inspector and have your home assessed. It is because there are several important repairs to make before selling a house. The home inspector will be able to identify these and give you advice on how to tackle each issue.

Of course, not all houses are the same. To give you an idea of what to expect, here are some of the most common but essential repairs to make before a home sale.

  1. Replace old and damaged flooring

    The floors can easily be one of your home’s best selling points or lowlights, depending on its condition. If the state of it is leaning more towards the old and damaged side, the floors might turn away prospective buyers or drag the home’s value down.

    Floors do not always have to be replaced. If you have wood floors that are no longer lustrous and are faded, have them refinished. Tiles with cracks are not only unsightly but can be dangerous, so they must be replaced. Outdated carpeting must be peeled back to give way to new floors.

  2. Remove water stains

    Look up at the ceiling. Are there dark or brown stains in some parts? These are water stains, which suggest leaky pipes and a whole host of other problems.

    The first thing to do is to invite a plumber to fix the leaks. Afterwards, you must replace the ceiling with a new one. The cost can run up to $500 or more, but it will help you sell your home.

  3. Invest in new grout

    Cracked or yellowing grout can make any space look old and uncared for. Prospective buyers might be turned off as it gives the impression that the room is unclean. So, invest in new grout. A simple job can cost anywhere between $1 to $2 per square foot. If you are quite handy, you might be able to pull it off by yourself.

  4. Spruce up the lawn

    Another part of the house can easily turn off potential home buyers is the lawn. A brown and patchy lawn with a ton of weeds is drab to look at, but most importantly, it can also spell a lot of work and money down the drain.

    So, before you sell, breathe new life into your lawn. Trim shrubs, remove dead leaves and branches, and re-pot plants. As for weeds, get rid of them and apply weed control for a more long-term solution. A healthy and green lawn can return up to 267 percent on your investment.

  5. Upgrade the kitchen

    The kitchen is the heart of the home. It can also boost your home’s market value and, therefore, its selling price. A full renovation will hardly bring significant returns on your investment, but a couple of upgrades can do just the trick.

    The job does not need to be extensive. A fresh paint color for the cabinets, new knobs and hardware, and some backsplash are inexpensive upgrades and can be done without the help of a professional. New energy-efficient appliances cost more, but they can also make your home competitive against other houses for sale in the market.

Are you planning on selling your home in Salt Lake County? Capital Real Estate might be able help. Contact our team today at 801.330.8986 or info(at)capitalrealestate(dotted)co to learn more about the home selling experience we offer.