Home Improvement Tasks to Tackle Before Selling (And Tasks to Ignore)

by Eva Del Rosario 02/09/2020

Photo by Rudy and Peter Skitterians via Pixabay

When you’re prepping your home to sell, your “to do” list can get quite long, quite quickly. Which projects do you really need to tackle before listing, and which are best left undone? Talking to your real estate agent is a good first step, but this guide will also give you the lowdown on what to do, and what to ignore.

Fix Windows and Doors

People do notice if doors aren’t opening properly or windows look a little drafty, and it can be enough to turn them away from the property. These issues are also highly visible. If you ignore them, they can make buyers wonder what other maintenance you’ve put off.

Paint the Walls

A fresh coat of neutral paint does much to freshen and clean the look of your home. It helps buyers picture themselves in the property, and doesn’t cost a lot to do. While painting, repair any drywall problems you see to give the home a ready-to-move-in look.

Electrical Panel Repairs

Your electrical panel and circuit breakers need to meet current building codes. Electrical problems will show up on inspection and can delay the sale of your home, so you might as well fix them before listing instead of after. If you have an older home, call an electrician to see if you need any updates.

Fix Damaged Flooring

Floors in poor condition are a major turn-off to buyers. Install new flooring, even if it’s a cheap type, and your home will look much more inviting. If you are lucky enough to have hardwoods, have them refinished so the home will shine.

Address Water Stains

Water stains are a huge red flag, because buyers will assume you have a water problem or mold is hiding behind the stains. Even if you addressed the water problem successfully, be sure to clear the stains, too.

Skip These Repairs

You may have heard that remodeling the kitchen or bath is an important thing to do before selling, but it is less important than you might think. Research has found that the return on a bathroom remodel in an average home is only 67.2 percent. Kitchens return only 62.1 percent. Make your kitchen and bath look as good as you can, repair anything that is actually broken, but don’t tackle a major remodel.

Another project to skip is adding a sunroom. Sunrooms are difficult to maintain, and many buyers don’t want one.

Prepping your home to sell takes time, effort, and thought. With these tips, you can spend that energy where it will make the most difference, and skip those tasks that will take up too much money or have minimal impact on your home’s value.

About the Author
Author

Eva Del Rosario

Mission Statement:

A positive influence to my clients and to the people around me by demonstrating to them that anything is possible if you put your heart and mind to it.

Professional Philosophy:

Eva works hard for her clients to fulfill their “American Dream” of homeownership. 

She excels at:

  • Negotiating for the best interest of her clients be they sellers or buyers. Excelling means win/win for both parties.
  • Resourcefulness, diligence, patience, attention to detail and an ability to adapt to the unexpected.  Managing client expectations and communication clearly and often throughout the transaction.
  • Keeping a transaction together means flexibility in communication, really knowing and understanding the client’s needs and desires and continually updating the changes in the market and Real Estate laws.

Personal Information:

Eva has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1983 with her daughter.

She knows the value of home ownership. She began her involvement in Real Estate as a homeowner and an investor. 

Eva based her business on providing the role of a trusted advisor to all of her clients. 

She takes her clients’ need very seriously and treats each and every transaction as if it was her own. 

She prides herself on her solid reputation and is dedicated to providing the highest quality service along with enthusiasm, dependability, and commitment to building lasting relationships.

Interest:

Gardening, traveling with family and friends and volunteering her time for the needy organization.

Summary:

License Real Estate Agent since 2001

License Life Insurance Agent  2008