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What to Repair in your Home Before you List


A lot of money goes into buying a new house so it is understandable if a seller feels hesitant investing even more money to fix up their current house prior to selling. However, sellers may not realize that some of the issues they live with every day and consider minor, such as the hallway light switch or the kitchen sink that has plumbing issues, may actually be considered major to home buyers.

These issues may even prevent buyers from making an offer on a home or encourage them to make a lower offer. It’s crucial to remind your sellers to keep their home presentable and in good shape before and while it is listed on the market. That being said, read on to find out what repairs you might want to have them consider before you publish that new listing.

Roof Problems A roof is one of the most important components of a home, protecting all that is underneath. Additionally, roofs are major expenses to replace. Therefore, it is imperative that the roof is well maintained and free of damage and leaks. Issues like water and sun damage, clogged gutters, and rotting will lead to bigger issues if not fixed timely. Tending to these items immediately will help prevent further damage and help present the home well. The last thing you want is for a buyer's inspector to find roof damages, putting your seller at a disadvantage in negotiations. 

Poor Maintenance Minor issues such as damaged flooring, paint chipping, and old carpeting can be easily fixed to give a home a renovation. The goal is to make the listing appealing so start by encouraging your sellers to replace anything that is heavily worn and add a fresh coat of paint where necessary. These minor upgrades can be inexpensive and most likely increase their return on investment.

Plumbing problems can result in minor or major issues and it is very important to take care of these issues right away as they can lead to further problems. Bigger problems such as water damage can lead to mold and easy fixes to leaky faucets can be replaced inexpensively. Wiring Electrical problems can cause a wide variety of problems. Smaller fixes such as faulty switches, missing wire nuts, or damaged junction boxes can be fixed with a good electrician. Replacing a circuit breaker might be needed if they don’t match the amperage of your home. Some repairs are obvious to see and others aren’t so it’s a good idea to run a pre-inspection of your house before listing. 

Sit down with your sellers and prioritize the most important repairs. This simple discussion can have a huge impact on your listing.


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