When we talk to Lethbridge homeowners about putting their house on the market, we have a saying: your home needs to hit the market ten out of ten. Perception is everything when a buyer clicks on your listing and hopefully, when he walks through your home for the first time.
A homebuyer’s thought process goes like this:
“If this homeowner won’t do minor fixes like a leaky faucet, what else is wrong with the house, that I can’t see?”
And *poof* you’ve just lost a potential offer.
So, what should you fix before hitting the MLS®? Here are three types of fixes that will help you create and prioritize your to-do (or honey-do?) list:
1. Anything that squeaks or creaks. Is there something in your home that makes a noise it shouldn’t be making? Perhaps it’s a rattling closet door or a creaking floor board? You may be so used to it you no longer notice the sound. But buyers will. Be sure to get those items fixed.
2. Anything that’s unsightly. You don’t have to make your home look perfect. However, things that are unsightly will likely get buyers’ attention. You want them to focus on the terrific features of your property, not the scuff on the wall. Take a walk through your property, including the yard. Pretend you’re the buyer. Do you notice anything that doesn’t look good? If so, tidy it up, fix it up or replace it.
3. Anything that’s broken. If there’s anything that needs repair — an outside tap that’s not working, or a sliding door that regularly careens off its runner — call the contractor or fix it yourself. If you see it, so will the buyer… and the home inspector.
Getting these items fixed will go a long way toward making your home appealing to buyers. In turn, you’ll get higher quality offers from motivated buyers. Want more tips on preparing your home for sale? We can help! Give me a call or send me an email.