Must-do fixes before selling your home
Get your house in order and increase the chance of a quick and profitable sale.
Whether you're planning to sell your home or an investment property, minor repairs are one of the quickest routes to a speedy sale. Today’s buyers are a savvy bunch, and in a competitive market, a bad paint job could be the difference between selling your property or not. First impressions really do count.
However, there’s a fine balance between sprucing your home up for sale and overcapitalising with upgrades that won’t see a return on investment – for example, installing a fancy granite kitchen in a dated home on a busy street. When it comes to preparing your residential property for the market, keep it simple. Some repairs can be DIY and can do wonders for the overall look of the property.
Here’s a few golden rules that can increase your chances of selling your house – and may even increase its value.
If the house looks shabby from outside, you may not even get buyers through the front door. Fortunately, this can be easily fixed no matter the budget.
If you’re not looking to spend much on cosmetic improvements to sell your house, these small jobs could make a big difference:
- Mow the lawn and prune the garden
- Paint or varnish the front door (or replace, if you have the cash)
- Update the letterbox
- Fix and/or paint the fence
- Add some low-maintenance plants
For weatherboard or timber homes, a new coat of paint can really lift the façade. If you have a brick house that looks dated from the front, consider rendering or cladding options.
Fresh paint and flooring
Walls with flaky paint scream 'neglected”' which is not a word you want buyers associating with your home – it’ll make them doubt the integrity of the property, whether accurate or not.
Repair any superficial cracks and then paint the walls, cornices, skirting boards, door and window frames, and any other surface that won’t be compromised by a paint job (such as cabinetry).
Older homes often have carpet or vinyl installed over floorboards, so if you have that timber gold beneath a scruffy layer, rip it up, sand the floors and add a coat of varnish. If you have a modern house with poor flooring, consider a cost-effective option like quality laminate, new carpet or tiling.