Prioritizing Repairs Before Selling
Many agents will tell you that your home must be flawless before you put it on the market. Once you decide to sell, your comfortable home suddenly needs a length overhaul. However, the good thing about Houston’s sellers market is you don’t need to put as much into your home before you sell it.
However, you still need to make sure that your home is appealing and free of any major negatives, like a cracked foundation or outdated electrical system. How do you know what to fix and what to ignore? It may not be as obvious as you think.
1. Avoid expensive cosmetic fixes, like major kitchen renovations or window replacements. Projects like these can easily cost a fortune and they may not make a difference in your final sale price. A great kitchen can be a major selling point, but if your kitchen is decent, avoid the expense.
2. Do invest in small cosmetic upgrades, like fixtures and finishes. You can work wonders in your home by replacing outdated lighting, hardware, and bathroom and kitchen fixtures. More costly changes might include fresh neutral paint and replacing outdated, worn carpet.
3. Fix major safety, code, and structure problems, like foundations, plumbing, or electrical issues. If you have the capital to invest in a major home repair and you have a serious functional issue, you want to address that. It can be major roadblock for buyers and can even be a potential liability down the road.
When you prioritize repairs before selling, you spend the least amount to make the biggest difference.