Selling your old house is much more complicated than selling a car or an old piece of furniture. The potential buyers will be investing quite a bit of money, and this house will possibly become their new home, so it is only fair that they have plenty of concerns going into deal. They also may have been burned before and have learned to be wary of sales pitches. This is why you need to spruce up the old place and make it presentable. No one wants to live in a dump and people expect a certain level of utility, as well as a good aesthetics. Here are some of the most important repairs you’ll need to make before putting your house on the market.
Take care of your roof
The roof is a major issue for people, and it’s not difficult to see why. The roof is right there in plain sight and it is something that’s not being given too much thought when it comes to regular maintenance. And it’s not just about how it makes the house look – a leaky roof can cause all sorts of problems like mold and flooding. Fixing the roof requires a bit of cleaning, replacing a few shingles here and there and paying close attention to the flashing – the thin metal or rubber strips covering the seams – and make sure that everything is solid. While you are at it, clean out the gutters and fix any leaks, and have the chimney thoroughly cleaned.
Repair any nicks, bumps and scratches on floors and wooden surfaces
The interior needs to be sparkling clean – you want to give of a feeling of a well-maintained and impeccable home. While this means a whole lot of vacuuming, dusting, scrubbing and arranging furniture, most people forget about the little details like nail holes and various nicks and bumps in the floor, walls and furniture. You’ll want to fix all these little problems, or at least mask them so that the house looks spotless.
Throw on a fresh coat of paint