5 Quick Repairs to Do Before You Sell Your Home

You’ll be mak­ing a lot of check­lists when you decide to sell your home. You need to find the per­fect new place, decide what you’re tak­ing with you, and donate the things you’ve been mean­ing to donate. You also have to pre­pare your home for sale. A few quick repairs will make your home a little more appeal­ing to poten­tial buy­ers. They don’t cost a lot of money, and they don’t require a lot of work. These quick fixes might even help your home sell faster.

  1. 1. Replace Out­let Cov­ers and Switch PlatesAustralian light switch

Out­let cov­ers and the little plastic plates that cover light switches tend to get dingy with age. If yours have turned yel­low, it can make the rest of your home look dirty – even if it’s spark­ling clean. New cov­ers and plates are very inex­pens­ive. You can get a bulk pack of them for the same price as a cup of cof­fee. All you need to do is unscrew the old ones, toss them out, and screw the new ones on in their place. It’s a small touch that any­one can do, and it makes a notice­able difference.

  1. 2. Pres­sure Wash Your House

The out­side of your house gets dirty. Every little storm splashes your home with mud. If you pres­sure wash your home, it will look brand new from the out­side. You can rent the equip­ment to pres­sure wash your home your­self, or you can hire a pro­fes­sional to do it for you. It’s not dif­fi­cult, it’s not expens­ive, and it only takes a little while. It beats scrub­bing the whole exter­ior of your home with a sponge and soapy water!

  1. 3. Replace Leaky Faucets

Drip­ping taps and shower heads can make it look like there’s a prob­lem with your plumb­ing, even when there isn’t. These little drips also add a lot to your water bill over time. Repla­cing drip­ping faucets will keep your kit­chen and bath­rooms clean and dry. You can pur­chase a kit that comes with instruc­tions, and it doesn’t take very long to install new faucets. If the drip can be fixed by tight­en­ing a few bolts or repla­cing a seal, that’s even cheaper and easier.

  1. 4. Slap on a Fresh Coat of PaintRepairs to Do Before You Sell Your Home - Painting

Your walls are a sig­ni­fic­ant por­tion of your room. If you plan to take down framed pho­tos and art­work to clear out the space so poten­tial buy­ers can look around, they’re going to be see­ing a lot of your walls. A fresh coat of paint will really wake the place up. Always stick to neut­ral shades. Bright col­ors might be off-putting to people who are com­ing to tour your home. They want to be able to ima­gine them­selves liv­ing there. They’ll want your home to be a blank can­vas for their per­sonal tastes.

  1. 5. Deep Clean the Floors

Tak­ing care of your floors is espe­cially import­ant if you have pets. They leave all kinds of smells and scratch marks behind. Make sure you have your car­pets deep cleaned. If you have scratched up hard­wood floors, you might want to have them refin­ished. Make sure tile is clean and grout lines have been scrubbed. Your floors are just as import­ant as your walls in the eyes of most buy­ers. If your floor­ing is in very bad shape, you might want to replace it.

There are also more expens­ive repairs you can do that might boost the value of your home. Before you shell out the money, make sure you’ll actu­ally see a return on your invest­ment. If you’re look­ing to keep your budget low, all of these repairs are safe choices.


Jhai is an award win­ning Inter­net Mar­ket­ing Real Estate Agent for Eld­ers Toongab­bie and Kings Langley. After run­ning his own inter­net mar­ket­ing busi­ness he has now set his own sites for the real estate industry. He observed that 90% of real estate agents did not know how to mar­ket them­selves online. Jhai is now fixed on one goal. To teach real estate agents that they can mar­ket online so much bet­ter than they cur­rently are.

Since then he has been con­sist­ently quoted in the Sydney Morn­ing Her­ald and Real Estate Busi­ness online. He is a reg­u­lar guest blog­ger on TheHomePage.com.au, shar­ing his expert­ise of mar­ket­ing aspects for the Real Estate Industry. His biggest pas­sions are his wife, mar­tial arts, dogs and most of all property.

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