When thinking of selling your house, minor repairs can make all the difference. But as you start doing the sums, you may realise you can’t afford and don’t have the time to fix it all. So how do you know where to start and what to prioritise? Lucky for you, our sales customer service extraordinaire Jess, has put together a list of some of the most essential and cost-effective repairs you should do before you sell to help you achieve a premium price!
First impressions count, so it’s important your exterior is in tip-top shape. Does the fence need fixing? Does the exterior paint need a touch-up? Are there some cracks in your driveway? Maybe your front facade needs a good clean? Street appeal is a major selling point and will ultimately get more buyers through the door, so you need to make sure it looks good.
A fresh coat of paint can make the world of difference in your home! Apart from making your home look and feel newer, it can also be an easy way to hide any wall blemishes. If you’re a little indecisive on what colour to paint, you can never go wrong with white or a light neutral colour. These colours are always on trend and will appeal to most buyers.
One of the first things picked up in a building and pest inspection are problems with roofs. Whether it’s leaks or missing tiles, it’s best to get them fixed now rather than later. While fixing roofs can get expensive, an obviously damaged roof will deter potential buyers, so if your budget can allow it, it’s a job not to miss. Remember also to clean out the gutters! By simply cleaning out all the leaves and debris, this can instantly improve the look of your exterior.
LIGHTING & ELECTRICAL
Lighting makes a major difference in a home and by having well-lit rooms, you can create a warmer and more welcoming environment. When lighting a space, it’s great to use natural light but you may need to use internal lightbulbs as well, so it’s essential you test these before the first open. While on the hunt for blown lightbulbs check for other electrical faults such as faulty power outlets and damaged wiring. If potential buyers spot any electrical issues, this can be a big issue for them, especially if they have kids.
BATHROOM & KITCHEN
Bathrooms and kitchens are two of the biggest selling points in a home, so repairs in these rooms are essential. From leaking taps to dripping toilets, these common plumbing issues can highly impact a buyer’s decision so it’s best to fix these up right away. These areas will be in the limelight so it’s best to keep them as clean and de-cluttered as possible. Revamping a few aspects such as shower curtains, mats and toilet seats can also help boost the appeal.
JESS MCPHERSON – SALES CUSTOMER SERVICE
07 3202 3040
Born and bred in Ipswich, Jess has exceptional local knowledge and contacts, as well as a down to earth personality, hard working philosophy and great people skills.