When you decide to sell your house, you are probably looking more at the money you will receive than the outlay of cash that may be necessary to secure a sale. Be sure to set some money aside to deal with pre-sale upgrades and get started early for the most trouble-free sales experience.
It’s not a big deal, is it?
Sure, you may have lived with that doorknob that always sticks, that back step that isn’t as secure as it should be, or the basement window with a hairline crack — but a potential buyer won’t be interested in learning to live with the issues that have developed over time as you have occupied the home.
After all, you know that the “combination” for the doorknob is a slight lift and a quick left to right motion. Everyone in the family just skips that back step and the hairline crack in the window is not even visible… with the curtain up. No problem, right?
Skipping little repairs can cost you the sale
When you go into negotiation for the sale of your house, the little things like this “add up” in the potential buyer’s mind. It gives them an indication — real or imagined — of how well the house has been maintained. It’s not merely a matter of fixing the little annoyances you have lived with for years — it’s a matter of presenting the “whole package” of your house in a way that will solicit more offers at higher prices for a quicker, more hassle-free sale.
The familiar becomes invisible
You may not even see all the little blemishes your home has. Ask your family to make a list of such things, solicit the input of your Realtor, and ask friends who visit often to help you to rediscover them.
Make the necessary repairs before showing the house to put your house’s “best foot forward” and to survive the sale with a little less stress. If you plan to make the repairs yourself, getting a head start will offer you the latitude to hire help if you find that’s necessary. It means your schedule won’t have to be re-arranged to make last-minute repairs. If you are working with a contractor, getting started early means that any potential twist or kink in their schedule doesn’t leave you in a bind or cause you to lose a sale because you can’t get things fixed in time.
Remove all the stress you can
The last thing you want is to be trying to pack your personal belongings, find your next home, juggle your personal and professional life and schedule repairs while under a deadline. Planning ahead means life will be easier on your schedule, on your family and on your sanity.