Once you’ve made the decision to sell your home, you’ll want to make sure it is in a good condition that will attract and impress buyers.
Blogger: Bruce Reynolds, director, RE/MAX Central
There are many small things you can do to display your home better, such as a good clean and staging, but most homes also have a few more serious issues you may want to fix – even before potential buyers arrange a home inspection report.
While some of the repairs may be costly, fixing flaws prior to any inspections places you in a good position to be able to choose a reliable contractor with affordable rates, who can help repair the home to make a better impression on buyers, increase its value and improve the chance of a fast sale. If your home has any of the following issues, we recommend that you consider fixing them before the inspection and selling process starts:
1. Structural flaws
One of the primary aspects a building inspector will consider is the structural integrity of your home. This includes looking for damage to the foundations, floors, framing, walls, ceiling and roof. You should consider properly repairing any cracks, deformations and weak spots, as these are often obvious signs of structural problems.
2. Safety hazards
Safety hazards are a deal-breaker for many buyers. Things to take note of are electrical faults, defective smoke detectors, gas cylinders that are not properly fitted, defects in stairs and stairs without handrails. If you need to fix serious health hazards, you may require the services of more specialised technicians, such as a licensed electrician or gas fitter.
3. Plumbing problems
Another factor that a building inspector is likely to mention in an inspection report is plumbing defects. This could include damaged rainwater drainage elements such as downpipes, gutters, spouts and brackets, substandard stormwater systems and faulty sanitary fixtures such as toilets or sinks.
4. Water damage and damp
Moisture and damp don’t just leave unsightly stains, they can also cause serious damage to the structure of a home and result in various health and safety issues. If your house has any problems like leaks, mould or rising damp you should detect and fix the cause of the problem, as well as repainting and repairing surfaces that may look unattractive due to the damage caused.
5. Heating and cooling systems
Many buyers want a home with effective and reliable heating and cooling systems. It is wise to ensure that all these systems are in good working order before selling your home. This includes air conditioning and gas or ducted heating systems, as well as other elements such as fireplaces and water heaters.
Bruce Reynolds is the founder of Crush, one of Perth’s most established and successful marketing companies that has provided extensive real estate marketing services for over 18 years.
As a Director of RE/MAX Central, Bruce Reynolds brings his marketing and business building expertise to the real estate table to add value for both the buyer and the seller.
Bruce’s main strength is being able to cut to the chase and find the best solution for his clients. He uses his experience in business to help clientele realise objectives or create opportunities.