Sep
24

Top Exterior Home Repairs to Make Before Selling

 

Deciding to sell your home can be overwhelming. My job is to help make the process easier. So, in this article, I break down where to begin. Start working your way through this exterior maintenance checklist to ensure that your house is market-ready and save you major headaches in the long run.

 

  1. Cleaning, painting, gutters, downspouts

Gutters are a seemingly minor detail on a house but can present problems during the wet months. Start by clearing all debris from the gutters and touch up the paint if any is peeling.

 

  1. Foundation check – wall cracks?

Checking the foundation is a must-do since any foundation issues will likely come up in a home inspection. Checking these and getting ahead of the issues now will help avoid problems during the escrow process.

 

Call me if you would like a referral to an expert who can help you with any of these tasks! 775.309.7979

 

  1. Power wash your home’s exterior

A simple but impressive repair to your home, power washing the exterior will present your home’s best face. You might even wish you had done this one sooner.

 

  1. Change light fixtures

Change out anything dingy, replace light bulbs, and anything is broke or rusting. Clean or replace these fixtures to make them look nice, shiny and bright.

 

  1. Inspect chimney

Another item that will come up in a home inspection is the chimney. Have your chimney cleaned and be sure it is in good condition. If anything needs tending to, now is the time to get it taken care of.

 

Call me if you would like a referral to an expert who can help you with any of these tasks! 775.309.7979

 

  1. Replace worn shingles

The roof is an important piece of the process, and an item most often needing tending to during home sales. Fix anything minor, and if there is major work to be done, get an estimate from a reputable roofer, and either fix the issues or know that an allowance for repair may be negotiated during the sale.

 

  1. Fix any window issues.

Definitely make sure all windows are in working order, clean, not cracked and in good shape. Replace any torn or broken screens, have the windows professionally cleaned inside and out, and clean the window sills. Tend to any leaky windows and broken or non-functioning window locks.

 

Remember, the more of this you can get done ahead of time, the less time these items will hang up the escrow process. If you have any questions or don’t know if something should be repaired or tended to, you can always call me to do a look at your house before we list it and I can help you get on track.

 

Call me if you would like a referral to an expert who can help you with any of these tasks! 775.309.7979

Leave a Reply