Homeowners are often faced with a difficult conundrum when it comes to selling a home with damage. Some will say that it’s always better to perform major repairs before selling, while others will advise otherwise. The truth is that it depends on the situation, but there are some cases when it’s better to fix than to sell as-is. Here are a few examples of repairs and renovations that should be completed before selling your home.
If you have many roofing issues, like leakage or multiple missing or damaged shingles, then it would be wise to consider either repairing the roof or getting it replaced. A damaged roof is something prospective buyers will be very wary about, and even if it isn’t visible, it will show up during inspection.
Having a new roof is not only important if you don’t want to deter possible buyers, but it could be a great selling point as well. Buyers will love the idea of not having to deal with roof issues for the next few years.
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If your siding is cracked or beginning to fade, it’s usually a good idea to have it replaced or repaired. The siding of a house is one of the first things people will see when they come to your house. You want them to have a good impression the minute they see it. If they see that the siding has issues, they will start wondering what’s wrong with the rest of the house. Bad siding is a sign of neglect and should be addressed immediately if your goal is to get good offers and sell fast.
If you have a pool, you have to make sure that it’s in working condition. You might assume that everyone would want to have a pool in their backyard, but many will think about maintenance costs first. Having something like a broken pump will be enough to send red flags flying and could be a make-or-break issue for many. Either that, or you will have to accept a lower offer.
Pavement and Driveway Issues
You also have to make sure that you fix any paving and driveway issues that you may have. The reason we recommend this is that these are often easy to fix and won’t cost you much. On the other hand, having something as simple as a cracked driveway could deter many buyers and lower your home’s perceived value.
These are some of the repairs that you have to make before putting your home up for sale. Speak with your agent and ask if there are any other moves that you could make to get the best value for your home.