Intelligent Fixes for Home Sales

By: Eric Badgely

When it comes to selling a home there are certain things that a seller can fix up to increase the home's allure. But there are also things that won't really help the home to sell and a seller should be able to distinguish these things from each other. The best way to look at these things is to realize what needs to be fixed in order to make the home sellable and what could use fixing to improve the look of the home. Buyers will notice things that should have been fixed before the showing and were not and that can reflect badly on a home and that can kill a show rather quickly.

It may be difficult to do so, but ask yourself what you think "needs" to be fixed and make a list of the results.

Then ask your realtor to make one as well, compare the lists and see what the results are. If things appear on both then those are a good place to start. You should put a fair amount of credence in the things on your realtor's list as they have certainly been asked to do this kind of thing before and their list will be based on what is necessary to the sale of the home. Unfortunately many people mistake necessary fixes for improvement fixes. If things are broken and not working then they can't be classified as price improving augmentations.

Once the major things are taken care of and working properly is the time to start in on improvements that will increase your asking price. This is where the cosmetic aspects of the home come into play. Changing the paint, wallpaper and flooring can dramatically change the look of a home and by default, the asking price. Cosmetic fixes are great eye-catchers but should not be relied on if major structural or everyday use items are in disrepair. The process of preparing a home for sale is a process that needs to have special attention paid to it at every step. It is easy to overlook something that buyers will see as fairly major. Pay attention to detail and try not to miss anything and the sale should be much smoother.

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