You want your home to sell fast and for the highest price possible. Ignoring minor home repairs can get in the way of this goal. Not every buyer is looking to take on several do-it-yourself projects as soon as they move in. Besides, some things on this list can trigger a write up during an inspection.
1. Stairs and Railings – Missing or broken stairs and railings pose safety concerns. These include those to your porch and deck, too.
2. Exterior Cracks – Cracks are often viewed as a hidden problem. Caulk and repaint all exterior cracks in the trim, siding, and foundation.
3. Roofing – Any missing or damaged shingles need to be fixed or replaced. Even those tear-off jobs rarely take more than one to two days. Many buyers tend to shy away from homes needing any type of roofing work.
4. Exterior Trim – It is pretty common for wood exterior trims to rot, especially in rainy climates or areas that experience a lot of snow. Replace, caulk, and paint exterior trim, as needed.
5. Electrical – One of the first things checked during a home inspection is the electrical panel to make sure it is not overloaded. The inspector will look for exposed wires, as well. Hire a licensed electrician to make upgrades or repairs where needed.
6. Plumbing – You better believe the inspector will catch plumbing issues, too. Make sure there are no leaking fixtures, drain issues, or problems with the tub, shower, toilet, dishwasher, and sinks.
7. Gutter System – Gutters and downspouts need to be cleaned and repaired or replaced, where needed, to ensure water gets directed away from the home.
8. HVAC – The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system should be cleaned and serviced. Make recommended repairs and be sure to change the filter.
9. Hot Water Heater – Buyers often ask how old the hot water heater is because they don’t want to deal with replacing one in the near future. Have it serviced, and make sure you can tell them how old it is.
10. Windows – Hopefully, if you have any broken windows, you already plan on replacing these. Also make sure seals around the windows are not broken.
The last thing you want to do is neglect to handle home repairs on this list. An inspector will find most anyway, and you don’t want to negotiate down your price and then find out you need to cover the expense of repairs.