What are the Home Repairs for Successfully Selling Your Home

January 10th, 2020

A house isn’t a home until you move in and give it your own loving touch. And when it comes time to list your home for sale, it’s a big step. Once you have chosen your realtor, set the listing price, and started to think of where you will move out to, what else should you do? With the high amount of houses on the market, competition is steep.

It’s important to get top dollar for your house by getting it ready before you even list it. Realtors sometimes suggest “staging” your home- properly re-arranging furniture, eliminating clutter and personal items (like family photos, etc.), and keeping it clean so viewers can see its full potential. Make sure you try to see your home through a new person’s eye. You may not realize some of the repairs that need to get done, and now is not the time to keep putting those repairs off.

The first thing to consider in your home repair is cost. What, if any, can you do yourself? As long as it’s up to code, done safely, and looks good, try to fix any small repairs you can. Next, realize that buyers will have the option of having an inspection done on the home during their “option period”. Usually consisting of up to two weeks, your buyer will be given this time to fully inspect the house for any damages, hazards, or violations it may have. A full inspection report will be given to both the buyer and to you (the seller). It is then up to both parties to negotiate what, if anything, you are willing to either pay for to be fixed or the amount you will credit them to get the repairs done themselves. You can usually take this dollar amount off of the purchase price.

But, avoiding these incidents in the first place can save you a lot of money in the end. Check with your Home Owners Association (HOA) if you belong to one in your community for any guidelines or standards you may have to follow. The guidelines of the residential area can be defined from the Pasir Ris Central floor plan. From the guidelines, the buyer can save the money in home repairing.

Have your garden and landscaping done with simple weeding, mowing of the lawn, and clean off your patio

furniture. Next, make sure all of the bathrooms are working properly, and check for small leaks. It will save you the high cost of having to call out a plumber if the buyer requests it later on (after the inspection is done).

Small leaks are extremely common and can easily go unnoticed by you. Consider painting the walls if they are very dirty, marked, or damaged.

But before you do so, try the sponges by Mr. Clean. They remove scuff marks without taking off paint, and work wonders. They can make your walls look freshly painted! See if your appliances are still under warranty, and if so, consider having them checked. Your A/C and heating unit

may also be under warranty still (if under 5-6 years old).

Keep in mind that you do not have to fix everything that is listed on the inspection report and/or every item your buyer wants you to. It’s all negotiable. Your realtor will most likely also suggest you purchase a home protection plan for the buyer. It’s good for one year, and at approximately $250.00, will give low-cost repairs (at about $70.00 per visit) of any appliances, etc. that may break once they move in. This added security can really benefit both of you.

Take out anything that may be an eyesore: cover up dirty couches with slipcovers, make all of the beds with clean linens, and keep your carpets clean. If your carpets are stained, try a do-it yourself carpet cleaner. Most are available to rent at supermarkets, etc. and are much less expensive than hiring a professional cleaning company. Box up whatever you can and neatly stack in the garage or storage area. Eliminate odors, make sure all of your lights have working, bright light bulbs installed, and leave your house looking and smelling great every day. Soon, your house will go from “for sale” to “sold”, all thanks to a few simple repairs you did!