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Ten Items You Should Repair Before Selling

Todays Date: December 13, 2018

Thinking of selling your home but don’t know if you should make repairs first? Of course so! Any repairs you make will only impress the buyer and will help you get most, if not all, of your asking price no matter what the market is doing. Here are a list of ten items every homeowner should repair.

1. Paint – A fresh coat of paint on the inside and out will do wonders for your home. Make sure that before you paint you make any repairs to the drywall or exterior wood. Take the opportunity the repair any damage before painting the home.

2. Floors – Clean the carpet or replace it if needed. Repair any problems with loose floor boards or replace any tiles that may be damaged. Polish or repair any scratches to the hardwood flooring.

3. Windows – Make sure all the windows are operational and have screens. If there is any broken glass have a local glass company replace it. If the windows will not open, the home inspector will write it up as a safety hazard.

4. Make sure all the appliances are clean and in working order. Make sure the dryer vent pipe extends to the exterior of the home and does not discharge into the crawl space.

5. Clean and remove clutter from the garage and basement. Throw out any unneeded magazines, old newspapers or sales papers, and move any boxes of seasonal decorations to a storage facility or shed.

6. Check the attic to make sure the vent stacks, roof vents, chimneys and flashing are not leaking. These areas are the most likely places that roof leaks happen. Repair the areas if any leaks are present.

7. Make sure the kitchen and bathroom fans are vented to the outside of the home. Exhaust fans should vent to the exterior and typically do so through the roof or the exterior wall.

8. Run the water and verify the sinks, pipes, and faucets are not leaking. Check to make sure are counter tops are secure and caulked at the wall.

9. Make sure none of the light bulbs are blown and that the rooms have plenty of light in them. Before buyers arrive, go around and open all the curtains and blinds to allow daylight into the room.

10. Be sure the fireplace is clean and the flue works properly. If you have a gas fireplace, have it on when the buyers are there to show them it is in working order.

Hubert Miles is the founder of Waterfront Houses USA, an online marketing service that provides Beach House in the US and Canada. Find Massachusetts Beach House.

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