Prescott Arizona Mortgage Lender, Top 10 Repairs When Selling a Home

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Prescott Arizona Mortgage Lender, Top 10 Repairs When Selling a Home

When you put a home up for sale these days, you're facing stiff competition. Before asking strangers to trade hundreds of thousands of their hard-earned dollars for your little palace, make all the little repairs you've always meant to do but never had the time for.

These Prescott Arizona Mortgage Lender, Top 10 Repairs When Selling a Home will help prepare your house for a buyer's white-glove inspection:

Prescott Arizona Mortgage Lender, Top 10 Repairs When Selling a Home 1. Repair sagging screen doors and other entry red flags.
The entrance to your home is the key to first impressions. "We're not so much selling the house as we're selling the experience of living in this house," Brake says. Buyers will be alert to signs of neglect or deferred maintenance, since they want to avoid expensive hidden problems down the road.

Prescott Arizona Mortgage Lender, Top 10 Repairs When Selling a Home 2. Spiff up the roof.
Missing shingles and hanging gutters broadcast a loud, scary signal to potential buyers. You want the house to look as presentable as possible. You want them to be able to focus on 'Where does my bed go?' and 'Can we live here?' rather than, 'there's a problem with the roof.'

Prescott Arizona Mortgage Lender, Top 10 Repairs When Selling a Home 3. Clear and caulk gutters.
On a dry day, climb up on a ladder and clear all the debris out of the gutters so water can flow freely. While you're up there, recaulk the gutter end caps, advises Hudson. Seamless gutters are finished at the ends with a cap that's crimped and caulked. Aging caulk allows leaks to drain water down your home's siding.

Prescott Arizona Mortgage Lender, Top 10 Repairs When Selling a Home 4. Patch nail holes and repaint.
Moving inside the house, you'll want to patch up nail holes in the walls. Ask at a hardware store for lightweight putty. Apply it with a putty knife and fill in each hole, scraping the excess off the wall. Following directions on the package, wait for it to dry. Then sand the putty until it's smooth and flush with the wall. Paint the repaired spots with primer. Call a handyman for anything bigger than a nail hole, as it's not easy to blend bigger repairs into the wall. Repaint the entire wall -- you're unlikely to be able to hide a touched-up patch, otherwise -- from one corner to the next.

Prescott Arizona Mortgage Lender, Top 10 Repairs When Selling a Home 5. Divorce your smoker and ship kitty to Siberia.
Smells are a serious deal killer. When strangers enter a home, the first thing they notice is the smell. Don't even try hiding behind scented candles, potpourri and plug-in room fragrances. Buyers, ever suspicious to problems, catch a whiff of those and conclude that you're hiding something.

Prescott Arizona Mortgage Lender, Top 10 Repairs When Selling a Home 6. Replace damaged vinyl flooring.
Inspect the vinyl flooring in your bathrooms. If it has discolored spots or is loose, moisture may be damaging the floor. You'll probably want a professional to lay the actual flooring, which could cost $400 or more. But you can save as much as half of the cost by preparing the floor yourself.

Prescott Arizona Mortgage Lender, Top 10 Repairs When Selling a Home 7. Reseal the toilet.
Not all flooring installers will remove and reinstall the toilet, something that must be done to replace the floor. Pulling the toilet yourself can save you money. With plumbers' fees running about $85 an hour (with a minimum hour and a half charge for a house call), you could save yourself $200 or more (for two trips) by pulling the toilet yourself.

Prescott Arizona Mortgage Lender, Top 10 Repairs When Selling a Home 8. Stop faucet drips.
A dripping faucet calls attention to itself, and it's not hard to fix. Shut off the water supply to the faucets by turning the valves under the sink to the right. Then, test the faucet to make sure you've shut the water off completely. While you're looking under the sink, check for moisture on the wall around the valves and on the floor of the sink cabinet. Also check the supply lines leading to the dishwasher and disposal. If those areas are wet, get a plumber.

Prescott Arizona Mortgage Lender, Top 10 Repairs When Selling a Home 9. Renew dinged baseboards.
Beat-up baseboards detract greatly from the appearance of your home, and they're easy to spiff up. First, clean them to remove scrapes and smudges left by clawing pets and toddlers on wheels. Fill in dents with spackle, sand the baseboards smooth and repaint them. If you've lost the name of the original paint color, chip off a coin-sized bit, slip it into an envelope and bring it to the paint store where you can have the color computer matched.

Prescott Arizona Mortgage Lender, Top 10 Repairs When Selling a Home 10. Repair cabinet scratches.
You can quickly improve the look of unpainted woodwork and worn cabinets with an application of products that even out the surface color. Brake covers scratches on woodwork and cabinets with Old English Scratch Cover, a tight roll of cotton saturated in chemicals that the manufacturer, Zenith Chemical Works, says is a 100-year-old family formula. (You can find these at hardware and home-improvement stores.)

If you would like more information about what needs to be done to your home before selling conact Prescott Arizona Mortgage Lender, Top 10 Repairs When Selling a Home, Danell Riggs at 928.458.0507 | www.AZLendingCrew.com | dsriggs@amerifirst.us

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