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Common Homeseller Mistakes: Is your home ready to open for inspection?

by Wendy Chamberlain on June 3, 2013

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Getting a home ready for sale goes beyond washing dirty dishes, tidying up the garden and making beds. Now is the time to repair and replace those things that you’ve been putting off for another day.

Here are my top tips for making sure your home is “open for inspection”:

  • Replace cracked floor tiles and patch any holes in the wall.
  • If your tap is leaking, fix it.
  • Check doors to make sure they close and if they don’t, add them to the list.
  • Make sure kitchen drawers open and close smoothly
  • replace any burned out light bulbs.
  • What colour are your walls? The last thing you want is for people to remember your house as the “house with the green bathroom”. Consider painting your walls in a neutral palate.

Home buyers look for properties that are in good condition, as it means they can move right in without the need to fix anything. The last thing any purchaser wants is to move in and then have to spend even more money fixing stuff.

Unless your home is a classic “renovator’s delight”, it pays to fix up minor things around your home. Have a trusted friend come over and look through your home. If they find things that need fixing, get it done.

Buyers will typically be concerned not just about how much they pay for a home, but how much they then need to invest in the upkeep of the home. You do not want any potential buyer to view your home as a “money pit” because you’ve not bothered to fix creaky floorboards or squeaky doors.

Cosmetic repairs are often minor and very affordable. Investing a few hundred dollars on minor fixes can translate into many thousands of dollars added to your sales price. A splash of paint is probably one of the most effective ways to freshen up a home that won’t break the bank.

Don’t delay – time to stop putting off those necessary repairs.

What have you spied when you’ve inspected a home that put you off buying it? Leave a comment below.

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