10 Simple Fixes Before You Sell Your Home

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty of the Treasure Coast 3068211

toolsThe devil is really in the details when buyers look at a home. Lots of everyday wear and tear that you don't even notice can ding your home in the eyes of potential buyers. Here's my list of ten simple improvements you can do to help your home sell faster:

1. Spruce up your baseboards: Pets, kids, and stumbling husbands in the dark can make a mess of your baseboards. Repainting baseboards after repairing scratches with putty can make the border of any room look new.

2. Fill in nail holes: Part of interior repainting should be careful attention to those errant nail holes from pictures, shelves, and other wall-mounted baubles. Putty, smooth, sand and paint!

3. Sniff for smokers: Filter replacement is a must if someone's been puffing in your home. Also wash down those walls, prime them to seal in any cooked-in nicotine, and repaint. Be sure to check entryways and lawns for cigarette butts, too!

4. Review the roof: Do you have missing singles? Broken tiles? Is mold and moss sprouting up there? Do some cleaning and spot replacing.

5. Reinforce your gutters: Clean them out, dry them out, then caulk them to prevent leaks. This will keep water off the siding, reducing staining and damage.

6. Replace bad vinyl floors: Not only are they tacky when they're cracked or cut, but they can suggest water damage to buyers.

7. Repair dripping faucets: Buyers will turn faucets on and off. What will they find? If your sinks and baths dribble, fix them before buyers imagine their future headache.

8. Tune up screens: Did you have a dog that liked to lean against the front door? Look for the sagging, hanging, bent, and bubbling screens, especially around doors. New screens look clean. Old screens suggest neglect.

9. Patch cabinet scratches: Tibet Almond Stick, Old English Scratch Cover, or even some artful re-staining can make cabinets seem new. Remember to polish them up when you're done!

10. Reseal wobbly toilets: If the bowl moves when you sit on it, the bolts are rusted, or the bathroom floor is damp and discolored around the commode, replace the toilet or at the very least reseal it.

What's my home worth?

Source:  www.StuartFlorida.co

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This post has been authored by Eric Slifkin, REALTOR® serving South Florida's Treasure Coast. You can reach me at 888-288-1765. As your resource for information on new or resale homes throughout the Treasure Coast, please be sure to contact me about any home you may find on the Web, yard sign or ad and I will research the property, arrange showings and handle all the details. For the latest Treasure Coast and Stuart, Florida MLS listings, please visit my Web site at www.TreasureCoastHomeSales.com

Comments (39)

Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Great list Eric!  Nobody likes wobbly toilets.  Every home seller should read this before listing.  Good blog.                

Oct 05, 2013 01:22 AM
Kathy Stoltman
Balboa Real Estate - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Eric, everyone thinking of selling their home should read this post and follow your advice. Heck, I think anyone homeowner would gain if they routinely followed this advice, selling or not.

Oct 05, 2013 01:42 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

That's a good list, Eric.  We should make a pamphlet out of your blog and hand it to sellers. 8-)

Oct 05, 2013 01:44 AM
Sarah Lynn Jaskowski
Williamsville, NY
House. Home. Today.

Great tips!  Lots of little fixes that will go a long way.  If there's resistance, try bringing a neutral 3rd party and see what they point out.  Maybe that'll give sellers a push to get their home in tip top shape.  And just think how much MORE work they'd have to do if they were trying to sell it themselves!  Good read, best wishes!

Oct 05, 2013 02:10 AM
Eric Slifkin
Keller Williams Realty of the Treasure Coast - Palm City, FL

Good idea Mike Cooper. Add it to the prelisting packet.

Oct 05, 2013 02:31 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

So right, it is the little things that add up. If these little things are done done then the first impression is a belief that in general the big stuff may be a problem also.

Oct 05, 2013 04:27 AM
John Van Hogen
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Hillsboro, OR
Serving Sellers / Buyers / Investors 503-680-9390

Great post Eric...thanks for the list. Ever thought of adding those pet odors to #3? 

Oct 05, 2013 07:06 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

This are great tips.  They are not expensive and they certainly will go a long way to helping to sell a home.

Oct 05, 2013 08:23 AM
Jay & Michelle Lieberman
Keller Williams World Class - Agoura Hills, CA
Creating Calm in the Buying and Selling Chaos

Getting new screens or just tightening things up goes a million miles.

Oct 05, 2013 08:23 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Those are 10 good tips, too many times sellers are not educated what to do and we end up seeing most of these tips not completed drive buyers away

Oct 05, 2013 09:30 AM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Those are great tips and easy fixes for anyone planning to put their homes on the market.

Oct 05, 2013 09:36 AM
Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

Eric, making these small updates to one's home before opening it to potential buyers will help make a great impression! Thanks for the post.

Oct 05, 2013 10:20 AM
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

Landlords should also use a make ready list before showing a rental property.  Cleaning the carpets should be included.

When painting interior rooms, I write the paint brand name, color number and date on masking tape and tape it on the back side of the light switch cover. 

Oct 05, 2013 10:29 AM
Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~
Piedmont Real Estate - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green

These are good tips.  Fixing holes in walls would be top on my list!

Oct 05, 2013 11:37 AM
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

I would include new paint in this list.  It's a great list, for sure, but a coat of paint can do wonders and it doesn't cost much.

Oct 05, 2013 02:13 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
Eric - Several suggestions on how to help a home look good to a potential buyer.
Oct 05, 2013 02:35 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the great tips. I will share it with sellers.

Oct 05, 2013 10:38 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Those are all practical and reasonably-priced fixes that most homeowners can do themselves.

Oct 06, 2013 02:16 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Ship shape. Works on the ocean, leaving the harbor.. heading out into the open waters. Same as you venture out onto rough real estate seas where a skipper wearing the blue and gold R, waving the same flag overhead and not a Jolly Roger are what a seller, buyer need. Get them on board. Early.

Oct 07, 2013 07:36 PM
Brian DeYoung
also affiliated with Howard Hanna - Ithaca, NY
The Realtor with personal investment background

And to really hit the top items., I would say fix the leaky faucets, the screens, and update the hardware.

New harware is subtle to some, but it makes things look new.

If you have hard water,  ( with iron) changing the toilet vcan make a big difference.

Oct 08, 2013 07:46 AM

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