Preparing Your Minneapolis Home For Sale?

What To Fix Before Selling

When it comes time to sell your house in the Twin Cities region, it’s natural to want to do whatever you can to fetch the highest price possible.

You might find yourself asking, “What should I fix up before selling my house?

Be careful. Adding up all the things about your home that you’ve long wanted to fix up can be a slippery slope, and before you know it, you’ll have spent far more than you’ll ever recoup in the sale.

Of course, how much you fix and how much you leave for the buyer depends on your budget. You want to make sure you save some money for updates and repairs on your next home.

Those considerations aside, here are eight things you should fix up before selling your home:

  • Kitchen facelift – If you buy new appliances, ensure that they’re energy efficient because that’s at the top of many buyers’ lists nowadays. Replace broken cabinet and drawer handles, old sinks and chipped laminate countertops. Kitchens are important and are often a gathering point for guests.
  • Bathroom too – Nearly as important is the bathroom. You don’t have to splurge and redo the entire bathroom, but if it looks bad enough, it can send a buyer running for the door. Leaky faucets? Repair or replace them. Same goes for chipped or damaged tiles on the floor or walls. Score quick and easy points by replacing the shower curtain and toilet seat.
  • Hardwood floors – Nice hardwood floors can add up to 6 percent to a home’s resale value. If yours are scratched up, it’s worth the $3 to $4-per-square foot cost to refinish them. And if you have carpeting covering them up, it’s wise to remove it.
  • Fresh paint – Be sure to give the walls a fresh coat of paint, preferably in light, neutral colors, which make the space seem larger and give the buyer a blank-slate feeling.
  • Plug them up – If the walls contain any nail holes, fill them up with putty and sand them smooth before repainting.
  • Out with the old – If you have any wallpaper, ditch it. Scrape it off before repainting, no matter how much you like it. It most certainly will not match your buyer’s tastes, and it will seem dated.
  • Curb appeal – You can spruce up the interior more than enough but if the exterior looks shabby, buyers will never make it inside. Trim up overgrown bushes and shrubs, even removing some if needed. Plant new flowers. Repair any cracks in wooden fences, repainting them if necessary. Check for signs of distress in the roof shingles and eaves trough.
  • Check it first – Finally, check out the plumbing and electrical systems to make sure there are no problems before a home inspector finds them.

We hope you’ll find these tips helpful when preparing to sell your home. Contact us soon and we’ll gladly look over your home, helping you determine what to fix up and what to leave to the next owner.