Pre-listing Home Improvements


When you're getting your house ready to sell, there are some easy fixes you can do to help it sell faster. Even the most minor details count, especially when buyers are looking to purchase a home. Lots of everyday wear and tear that you don't even notice can deter potential buyers. Here's my list of simple improvements you can do to help your home sell faster:  


Spruce Up Your Baseboards: Day-to-day wear and tear can mess up your baseboards. Repainting the baseboards after repairing scratches with putty can make the border of any room look new. Click here to view an article by Abby Lawson that gives simple steps to freshen up your baseboards.


Fill in Nail Holes: Part of interior repainting should be careful attention to nail holes from pictures, shelves, and other wall-mounted objects. Click here to learn about multiple DIY ways to fill in nail holes. 


Review the roof: Do you have missing shingles or broken tiles? Do some cleaning and spot replacement. Missing shingles could cause mold and moss to grow. 


Reinforce your gutters: To reduce staining, damage, and keep water off of the siding of the home, reinforcing your gutters is vital. Clean them out, dry them out, then caulk them to prevent leaks. 


Replace Bad Vinyl Floors: Vinyl flooring is durable and stands up to heaving foot traffic. However, when cracked or cut, it can look dingy. Along with this, a cracked vinyl floor may cause the buyer to believe that there is water damage. 


Carpet Cleaning: Unless your carpets are in total despair, cleaning your carpets can bring new life into your home rather than replacing them. While you can hire a professional for a reasonable fee, another option for carpeting cleaning is stopping by your local grocery store or hardware store and renting a machine.  


Repair Dripping Faucets: Buyers will turn faucets on and off. Therefore, before listing, you do the same. Turn on and off your faucets in the kitchen, bathroom, tubs, showers, and even outside hose bibs.  Buyers will view dripping faucets as future headaches. Call a plumber, or even consult YouTube for repair instructions. 


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


Clean up your yard and landscaping. Pull weeds, trim bushes and trees, and add fresh mulch or flowers. First impressions matter, so make sure your yard is looking its best.


Give your front door a makeover. A new coat of paint or a new doormat can go a long way in giving your home a fresh look.


Freshen up your paint. A fresh coat of paint can brighten up any room and make it feel cleaner and inviting.


Make sure your home smells fresh and clean. Open the windows, light some candles, or bake some cookies before showings. Bad odors can turn off potential buyers, so make sure your home smells its best.


These simple tips can help your home sell faster and for a higher price. Buyers are looking for move-in-ready homes, so to be competitive make sure your home is in tip-top shape before putting it on the market.


After finishing these minor improvements, contact me to list your home to sell. These repairs are a significant step to a quick sale.


John Gorden

(928) 308-0101