Making Simple Repairs On your Property Will Bring Bigger Profits

By: Cheryline Lawson

Selling your home can be a challenge, especially if you want to sell it fast. You also want to get the most money for your home. There are certain ways to increase your chances without spending too much.

If you have been taking care of your home while living in it, then repairs should be at a minumum and you can hire a handyman to do most of the work for you. A handy man can be found locally, if you can't get a family member or friend to do the work for you.

One of the first things a potential buyer will notice when viewing your property is the condition of the other properties around it. Encourage your neighbors to clear away children's toys, junk cars, or other unsightly objects before buyers come looking.

You can even make an offer to mow the neigbor's lawns on either side of your house or take their trash to the dump as an incentive. They will thank you for it. You can also make a deal with your neighbor to compensate them with a small cash offer as soon as the house is sold and you will most likely get their cooperation.

At the same time, show them you're getting your own house in order. Mow the lawn carefully and repair any bare spots. You want to create curb appeal. The first impression is the most lasting impression to any buyer that will see your house. Trim the edges and invest in a few dozen inexpensive flowers and plants if the season permits it.

Since a home inspection will almost always be done prior to a conclusive bargain being struck, take the opportunity to make those inexpensive plumbing repairs BEFORE showing the house. Some of the more expensive ones might wait, to be used as a bargaining chip. But fix that leaky sprinkler head that sprays the sidewalk and replace that dripping bathroom faucet.

Make sure that there is no visible flaws. Replacing carpeting throughout an entire house, or even one room, can be expensive. But getting it cleaned costs very little, typically. And repair any small damage or try to cover it with a piece of furniture. Eventually, you'll have to show every flaw when you have a concrete deal. But it needn't be the first thing they see. Replace those old welcome mats and small entrance rugs with new ones.

New screens are low priced and can make the exterior look fresh and new. To save even more, you can remake the screens with mesh and rubber kits, provided the frames are still in good shape.

Replace any cracked or broken windows. You'll usually have to do this anyway as part of closing the deal. Of course, all the windows should be cleaned thoroughly to give that shiny new feel. Even a brand new house that's dirty will fetch a lower price.

If you have air conditioning and heating ducts, replacing defective or worn conduits can get very costly. But many parts in a house that are not seen use silvered duct tape anyway, so patch any holes carefully to give a professional look. Replace old filters to give the appliances a newer look and the air a fresher smell.

A bit of spackle and a coat of paint on those rooms that have seen accidents needn't cost a lot and don't take a lot of effort. Be sure the work is done carefully, though, or it can come out looking worse than before you started.

The interior must have a good odor. Painting some of the rooms will help to create a sense of newness and a desire that will prompt the buyer toward making a quicker decision to buy.

A buyer that sees that you've made efforts to keep the property up will be more inclined to offer a better price. Think of the last time you bought a car. Didn't you favor the one that was well maintained? You were probably willing to pay a little extra to get that one. They will be too. Take the steps to make your home more desirable for sale. You will attract more quality buyers who will appreciate and fall in love with your home.

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