5 Things to Fix Before You Sell Your Property

September, 2018

If you’re considering selling your property, it’s important to ensure that everything is looking spick and span. Not only for your home’s valuation, but also to impress when it comes to viewings. Before you reach that point, it’s time to sort out all the tasks you’ve been putting off until a rainy day, including faulty wires, plumbing issues and broken garden fences.

In the post – the first in a 6-part series on tips for selling your home – we’ll look at the essential repairs that should be top of your list.

Essential home repairs

House viewings aren’t as simple as tidying up the kids’ toys and lighting a fancy candle. Most buyers will be inspecting things with a fine-tooth comb – asking all the hard questions while they’re at it.

That’s why it’s crucial to ensure that all home repairs are covered before you get going. And, although there might be maintenance costs, the price of not doing them could be even higher. Any big issues with your property may lower your asking price or make it even harder to sell at all.

Here are the 5 top things to fix before you sell your property…

1. Faulty electrics

Faulty wires and dud electrics are big no-go when it comes to selling your property. That’s why, before putting your property on the market, it’s important to run a check on your electrics.

Whether it’s exposed wiring or a blown fuse, buyers don’t want the shock of a faulty electric system further down the line.

2. Plumbing problems

Is there a special knack to flushing your toilet? Is the shower pressure worse than a dribble? Then it’s time to sort out your plumbing. Any bigger issues should be resolved before selling, otherwise you risk putting buyers off and lowering the value your property.

3. Roofing and drainage issues

Clogged gutters can lead to draining issues, especially with fallen leaves and extreme weather. This could mean damp in the foundations of your property, leading to big problems further down the line.

Roofing issues are just important, especially when you’re trying to sell your home in the autumn and winter. Remember, when selling your property, dealing with the exterior structure is just as important as the interior.

4. Gardening mistakes

If your garden is looking worse for wear and your fencing is on its last legs, now is the time to sort it out. Before the weather takes a turn, ensure you’ve tidied and solved any issues in your front and back garden to make a great first impression.

5. Shoddy upkeep

Whether it’s peeling paint, stained carpets or broken door handles, it’s important to fix all the little issues in and around your property. Buyers are quick to point out faults, so why give them the chance? Make sure your home is looking the best it can be.

Weale & Hitchen can help

If you want to sell your home, our local property experts are here to help. Weale & Hitchen can guide you through the entire sales process and help you put your best foot forward with constant feedback about the progress of your property sale. Why not start the process with a free, no-obligation valuation today?

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