You have made the decision to put your home up for sale. Before you stick the sign in the yard there are a few things you will want to do. Buyers can be picky and the competition can be stiff. So now is the time to do all the little repairs you’ve always meant to do but never had the time for.
Here are just a few of the basic repairs you will want to conquer before the first prospective buyer walks through the door:
1.Tackle the Entrance
This is the first thing people see when they come to your home. Paint the front door and trim surrounding the door. Repair sagging screen doors and replace any missing or corroded hinge screws and tighten the rest.
2. Spruce up the Perimeter
Walk the perimeter of your home, clear away dead plants, clip blossoms, and clear away leaves and other yard waste.
3. Recheck the roof
Any problem that has the word roof in it scares a buyer away immediately. Replace missing shingles and fix hanging gutters. Remove any moss growing on the roof as this shows signs of neglect.
4. Clear and caulk gutters.
Clear all the debris out of the gutters and recaulk the gutter end caps.
5. Patch nail holes and repaint.
Patch up nail holes in the walls of your home. Use a lightweight putty to fill the holes and paint the repaired spots.
6. Clean the Grout
Deep clean tile grout with bleach. Regrout tiles where needed and recaulk cracks between sinks, tubs, toilets, counters and floors. This will give your tile a whole new look.
7. Stop Dripping Faucets
Fix leaky faucets before the buyer notices them. You may need to call in a plumber to do this task. Before you do that you can shut off the water supply and check for moisture on the wall around the valves and on the floor of the sink cabinet. Many hardware stores carry faucet rebuild kits that contain the 6 to 12 parts most likely to fail, including the metal ball, O rings, springs and gaskets.