What needs to be fixed at your home before selling?

Preparing to sell your home? Before it hits the market it’s worth spending some time making sure it’s going to impress buyers.

Some homes may only require a simple clean and de-clutter before selling, however others may require extensive home repairs and maintenance work to get them up to scratch and ready for property viewings.

If you’re not sure whether your home requires a bit of maintenance work or not, consider if any of the below are needed:

Upgraded kitchen – The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home and so it’s no surprise that they’re the rooms that grab buyers’ attention. Investments in the kitchen can become a major selling point for your home. If you’re short on funds consider a simple repaint and possibly just upgrading old fixtures and appliances.

Standing front fence – The front fence is one of the first things people notice when they see your home so it’s important that it creates an attractive border. Fix any broken palings and make sure the fence is standing up straight. A fresh coat of paint might be in order too.

Also make sure that any gates are latched properly and don’t squeak when opened.

Garden maintenance – The outside of your home will help set the tone for the rest of the property. Spend some time neatening up garden beds, trimming trees and taming lawns.

Keep in mind that even if the inside of your property is perfect, some buyers may not even walk through the front door if the outside of the home isn’t presentable.

Fresh floors – Buyers are bound to notice the condition of the floors. While some types of flooring are more popular than others, what really matters is that floors are free from things like holes, scratches, cracks or stains.

Carpeted floors should be professionally cleaned before selling. Hardwood floors may need to be refinished, while broken or chipped tiles may need re-grouting and replacing.

New paintwork – Bad paintwork could have buyers running out the front door. If there are any major issues with your paint, such as mould or cracks, first ensure that these aren’t the symptoms of bigger problems. If they are then fix the source of the problem before attempting to cover it with fresh paint.

Once the primary issues have been dealt with, repaint your walls in light and neutral colours so it appeals to the majority of buyers.

If you’re getting your property ready for sale and would like any personalised tips or advice contact the Professionals Mudgee team.

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