What To Fix Before Selling Your Home
Are you trying to figure out what to fix before selling your home in Crested Butte? Most buyers want a home that doesn’t need a lot of work to repair, replace or to fix here in Crested Butte. Usually no one is telling me “Take us to the homes that need the most work in Crested Butte”.
Buyers typically expect to walk into a home that’s in good or pristine condition. For this to happen, those “issues” in your home, need to be repaired/replaced.
Imagine yourself as a buyer. Stand outside your front door and look around your home, front door and entryway. At first glance what does it look like? What does your home say to a buyer?
What type of first impressions are people going to get? Some common things that may need attention include the door, trim, welcome mat or doorknob. Does your home need a powerwash? Does your doorbell work? Start thinking about what could possibly need fixed or replaced in your home.
Where To Begin
Start with the curb appeal and walk-up appeal. I have had clients who walked up to a home and turned around saying: “If there is this much work needed on the exterior, I don’t even want to go inside”. Most sellers want potential buyers to at least come inside, rightt!?
Check out your front door, trim, paint, siding, steps, landscaping, etc. Clean up the weeds and rotten railroad ties if you have some. Make sure you have some colorful flowers to make your home presentable outside. I also recommend some hanging plants/flowers outside in the summer. What about your windows? Do you have broken seals on them? If you have windows that no longer open or close tightly, you should look at replacing them.
Do you have AV Equipment with a jumble of cables and wires showing…? Take every tube TV to the dump in Gunnison and replace with large flat screen TV. I also suggest checking out your deck railings. These can be a safety hazard if they aren’t secure. Look at replacing them with iron, heavy gauge wire or cable.
“You Can’t See it Yet”
I had a client who was going to sell their home – but before they would even let me see it, they wanted to complete the updates. They did a fantastic job of replacing countertops, fixtures, put in hardwood floors, they had the entire home painted inside, totally cleaned out the closets, garage, painted the garage wallys – they even replaced every light switch and power outlet in the home.
What was the impression when I showed this home to a client who I knew was a good fit… they loved it. When they walked in the home -they said: “this is like a model home… I can still smell the fresh paint, the fresh scent of the carpet, it smells clean…” They said: “Yup – we can move right in..” they fell in love – and bought it.
What a difference…
Other Common Issues To Fix
- Cracks in drywall from settling
- Water in crawlspace
- Lack of vapor barrier in crawlspace
- Exterior paint, stain, stucco, wood issues
- Water heater that is 13 years old? (typically they are rated to last for 15 years)
- Electrical outlets near running water have GFCI outlets or are on a GFCI circuit
- Does your Crested home have both working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors? If they are battery operated, replace the batteries. It is so annoying to show a client a home and have that loud CHIRP sound every twenty seconds – the buyer cannot concentrate on your home, and they just want to get out as soon as possible.
Perception Of The Buyers
Is there visible water in the crawlspace? Have you ever had your toilet overflow. What if it created water damage that seeped through the floor and you can see that from the ceiling below? In this case, the buyer looking at the home will assume there’s a major issue and there is a leak in the roof. This isn’t a good perception of your home. They will think the home has issues and won’t be interested most likely.
Does your tv audio take five remotes to turn on? Do you have a huge pile of wires for your A/V equipment? Buyers usually don’t want to see clutter. Some things will turn away a buyer immediately.
Usually if a buyer makes an offer on a home that has issues, they will make a low offer because they assume if they saw one issue there will be more. In this case, they think they will need lots of money to fix the house. This creates a risk factor.
Inspection and “Reverse Inspection”
The buyer will hire an inspector and they will find all that is “wrong” with your Crested Butte home. You most likely will need to fix these items anyway.
My goal is to help sellers get the highest price for their home and making their home appeal to the buyer market is key in doing this. I coined the term “reverse inspection” a few years ago. Get ahead and hire your own inspector before you list your home. This way they can give you a report and you can have the necessary repairs done. This can save you time and will help you attract more buyers!
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