Having lived in your home for a while, it's easy to ignore the outdated light fixture or damp basement walls. However, a prospective buyer will not tolerate these problems. Before you sell your home, take the time to make these critical updates.
Toxic mold is a problem in homes across many parts of the country. A burst pipe might be all that it takes to set off an explosive growth of mold in your home's walls. A sewer backup or flood could also cause mold growth. Naturally high humidity levels, an air conditioner malfunction or a severe weather event could also trigger the growth of toxic mold. Hire a licensed, bonded and insured mold remediation company to get rid of the mold and make essential repairs.
Replacement of Outdated Fixtures
If your home's oven is the original harvest gold one installed in 1967, now is a good time to replace it with a modern unit. The same is true for cooktops, light fixtures and faucets. Outdated fixtures make it look as if you have not taken the time to modernize your home. Even if your house has a high-efficiency furnace or energy-efficient windows, old light fixtures and vintage faucets could turn off prospective buyers. Installing new energy-efficient shower heads, lighting and kitchen faucets could be a selling point. You could point out that the new buyers will have low utility bills thanks to these upgrades.
Installation of New Flooring
A cracked piece of linoleum in the kitchen or bathroom should be cut out and replaced. Another option is to remove the old flooring. This is a good idea if the old linoleum is discolored or brittle. Old carpeting should also be replaced. Consider replacing old flooring with a low-maintenance option that buyers will appreciate. Vinyl plank flooring is growing in popularity. It looks like wood and installs with the ease of laminate. The care is simple, and it is made to last.
Foundation problems are scary to prospective home buyers. If they see that the basement walls are cracked, bowed, wet or crumbling, they will not stick around long enough to make an offer on your home. It is a wise move to have any foundation or structural issues taken care of by licensed professionals before you list your home for sale. Keep the documentation and paperwork in case buyers have questions about the work or the warranties provided by the service companies.
The exterior of your home is the first thing prospective buyers see. If your fence has a missing board, replace it. If the light fixture on the front of your home is cracked, repair or replace it. Dirty siding or stucco should be washed. Paint is another key update to make when selling your home. Old, chipped or cracked paint should be removed and replaced with new paint before you list your house for sale.