Are you thinking about listing your home in the Roanoke Valley? If so, you will likely be making some fixes and upgrades to the home in order to get it listing-ready. But not all repairs are created equal. You don;t want to make expensive repairs that offer little to no return.
We’ve put together our list of 5 things to fix before you list home inThe Roanoke Valley!
1) Look down…
Even old, damaged, and tired flooring can be dealt with for a relatively low cost. Fix cracked tiles, repair major scratches to hardwood and clean or rip out old carpeting. Even if the floors underneath are nothing to look at, leaving old, dirty and stained carpet is a huge turn-off. If the floors are in rough shape, an area rug can always help to cover up the damages (but remember, everyone who is interested will lift up that area rug to take a look). If you are leaving the carpets as is, have them professionally cleaned to remove any stains or odors you might be over looking.
2) Look up…
You will want to fix any damage to the roof. Repair leaky parts and any water damage to the ceiling. Water stains or cracks on the ceiling and walls can be huge red flags for potential buyers. They will immediately think there could be mold or foundation issues or much bigger problems. Fix these things before showing your house so you don’t scare off potential buyers! And if there is potential mold, have it remediated by a professional company, and disclose to the buyer it has been fixed.
3) Look around…
The color of the walls can change the whole look and feel of the room. While the consensus says to stick with neutral tones, adding some warmth to a dark and cold feeling room will change the way people feel when they walk in. You want the colors to be warm and inviting. Find a balance between plain and boring and too bold and off-putting. Infuse some personality into the color scheme, but remember you want to appeal to a wide audience, not just those who share your color palette. Light gray is the new tan in 2020, so keep that in mind for the painters. Wallpaper is seeing a comeback, but not everyone is interested in prints on the walls. If you decide to leave wallpaper up, make sure it is a low-key print that isn’t going to dissuade people from enjoying the space. If removing wallpaper, have it done professionally so you don’t yank off the plaster!
You can’t say enough about curb appeal. There have been studies done, saying people subconsciously decide if they will make an offer on a home within the first few seconds of seeing it. Your landscaping is your first chance to connect and appeal to potential buyers. For a relatively inexpensive investment, adding some plants and cleaning up weeds and overgrowth, can make a huge impact on how fast your home sells. While bad landscaping might be able to be looked over for the perfect house, it is better to start out on the right foot. Start out by making people want to see more of the house, just by looking at the outside!
5) Kitchen & Bath
They say these areas ultimately sell the house. However, it is not necessary to complete major remodels or renovations to make the areas really wow buyers. Small fixes in these spaces can add serious value to your home. Refinish or paint old cabinets to give them new life. Countertops and even tiles can be resurfaced. You can even refinish your tub and shower. You can also add new fixtures, including faucets, drawer pulls, doorknobs and cabinet handles. Doing these things can make a dated space feel modern and fresh almost instantly!
Bonus) Fix Before You List Bonus: Lighting
Adding great lighting to the area will help to sell your home. Make sure areas are well lit, and are filled with warm light… nothing too bright or hard on the eyes!