Increase the Value of your Home with Home Repairs
Most sellers are aware that repairs around their home can help their
home to sell faster and perhaps for even more money, but it can be
confusing to determine exactly which repairs will provide you with the
largest return while eliminating other improvements that may not provide
When considering home improvements in order to sell your home it is
important to keep several factors in mind that can affect how much of a
return you receive on repairs. These factors include:
Other homes on the market
State of the local real estate market
Where the home is located
Time of year
Keep in mind that every home and every market is different. Obviously,
if there is some part of your home that is in great disrepair and is an
eyesore, it would behoove you to take care of that matter as promptly as
possible in order to make sure it does not turn off buyers.
In general; however, there are some features which may help to boost
your profits more quickly than others.
Even if your floors are not in disrepair, replacing them could prove to
be a financial advantage when selling your home. If your home already
has hardwood flooring but they are covered by carpeting, consider having
the carpeting removed and the floors refinished. Hard wood floors are
tremendously popular with buyers right now.
Walls and Ceilings
If you have lived in your home for awhile you may have grown accustomed
to the walls and ceilings and as a result you may not have noticed
cracks in the ceiling and stains on the walls. You can be certain that
buyers most certainly will notice; however. You can easily combat these
problems by having the walls and the ceilings freshly repainted. Cracks
can be easily repaired with the fiberglass tape and joint compound then
touched up with paint. When painting your walls and ceilings, do make
sure you stick with neutral colors and avoid anything that might turn
off a buyer.
A number of homes today still have wood paneling left over from decades
ago. While it was popular at the time, that is no longer true today. The
good news is that wood paneling can be removed or painted.
The same is also true of textured ceilings. ‘Popcorn’ ceilings were
wildly popular a couple of decades ago, especially the kind with
sparkles. Today; however, buyers know that these types of ceilings can
contain asbestos. Make a point to get rid of textured ceilings and then
Improvements in the Kitchen
The kitchen can be one of the most important areas in which to focus
improvements and repairs. In fact, it is often said that a kitchen can
sell a home on its own. Two areas to give attention are cabinets and
appliances. If the cabinets are in poor condition and the appliances are
outdated and/or do not work, you will need to replace them. This can be
a large expenditure; however, it is important to keep in mind that
kitchen repairs and remodels can provide nearly a 100% return on
investment. You need not go to the high-end route; however. Even a minor
kitchen remodel can provide excellent returns.
If you simply cannot afford a complete makeover or your cabinets and
counter tops are in fairly good condition, you can still upgrade your
kitchen without spending a ton of money. For example, with cabinets you
can resurface them for less money than installing new cabinets. Another
option would be to simply repaint them and install new hardware.
The Exterior of your Home
Curb appeal is tremendously important to buyers so it is always
important to make sure that your home looks attractive and
well-maintained from the exterior as well. Options to give your home a
Of course, if the roof is in disrepair, it is also a good idea to
consider having it repaired or replaced as well. This is another area
that could be costly; however, a roof that is in poor condition will
most certainly drive buyers away rather than invite them in to see all
of the wonderful interior features of your home.
Considering the number of homes currently available on the market from
which buyers can choose, sellers can do well by considering steps needed
to give their home a fresh, modern and well-maintained appearance.