If you’re planning to put your house on the market, there may be a part of you that’s wondering if you should fix it up first or if it’s OK to sell it just as it is. Honestly, the answer to that comes with a few components, especially being that only you know the condition of your house. However, we’re hoping that with the tips that we provided below, you’ll be able to come to the conclusion of what’s a good idea to do and what you should simply leave for the new owners to deal with.
Conduct an energy audit. Before doing anything else, it’s a good idea to conduct an energy audit just to see where you may be losing energy. If it’s due to something like torn insulation or some leaky pipes, these are things that a prospective buyer is not going to want to deal with immediately after purchasing the house and so our recommendation is that you get those things fixed.
Check the walls and the floors. There’s not anyone who’s interested in putting an offer in on a house that has dingy looking walls and so it’s a given that you should give the rooms in your house a new coat of paint. However, when it comes to your flooring, although we recommend that you clean it, if the carpet is old or the hardwood needs some work, replacing it could prove to be costly. You might want to leave that up to the new owners to do.
Change the screens. Here’s a simple thing that many people tend to overlook that can make a really big difference. Aside from how your lawn looks (which we’ll get to in just a moment), the first thing that people are going to notice about your house is the windows and the doors. There’s a pretty good chance that they are going to change the locks on the doors and if you don’t already have double-pane windows, we don’t think you should go through the expense. But, when it comes to the actual screens, if they are sagging, broken or torn, replace those. Again, first impressions are really important.
Curb appeal is important. You might be surprised just how much a person’s curb appeal can make or break a house viewing. So, if you have some trees that need trimming, if your porch has chipped paint or your driveway or house could use a good pressure wash, those things are worth the financial investment. If it’s time to get a new roof, though, and there’s no leaking coming from the ceilings or walls, we recommend leaving that up to the new owners.
Make it a little eco-friendly. If you were to ask a real estate company like Movoto about small things that you can do to fix up your home, they would probably tell you to make it a bit more eco-friendly. By this, we don’t mean getting new Energy Star appliances or converting the house over to solar power. However, doing little things like installing a programmable thermostat, getting a ceiling fan or two or adding a low-flow showerhead to your master bathroom can make your house even more appealing without having to put forth a lot of effort. It offers a “happy medium” between extensively fixing your house up and selling it as is.