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Home Improvement Tasks to Tackle Before Selling (And Tasks to Ignore)

by Helaine diLeone Botello 12/29/2019

Photo by Rudy and Peter Skitterians via Pixabay

When you’re prepping your home to sell, your “to do” list can get quite long, quite quickly. Which projects do you really need to tackle before listing, and which are best left undone? Talking to your real estate agent is a good first step, but this guide will also give you the lowdown on what to do, and what to ignore.

Fix Windows and Doors

People do notice if doors aren’t opening properly or windows look a little drafty, and it can be enough to turn them away from the property. These issues are also highly visible. If you ignore them, they can make buyers wonder what other maintenance you’ve put off.

Paint the Walls

A fresh coat of neutral paint does much to freshen and clean the look of your home. It helps buyers picture themselves in the property, and doesn’t cost a lot to do. While painting, repair any drywall problems you see to give the home a ready-to-move-in look.

Electrical Panel Repairs

Your electrical panel and circuit breakers need to meet current building codes. Electrical problems will show up on inspection and can delay the sale of your home, so you might as well fix them before listing instead of after. If you have an older home, call an electrician to see if you need any updates.

Fix Damaged Flooring

Floors in poor condition are a major turn-off to buyers. Install new flooring, even if it’s a cheap type, and your home will look much more inviting. If you are lucky enough to have hardwoods, have them refinished so the home will shine.

Address Water Stains

Water stains are a huge red flag, because buyers will assume you have a water problem or mold is hiding behind the stains. Even if you addressed the water problem successfully, be sure to clear the stains, too.

Skip These Repairs

You may have heard that remodeling the kitchen or bath is an important thing to do before selling, but it is less important than you might think. Research has found that the return on a bathroom remodel in an average home is only 67.2 percent. Kitchens return only 62.1 percent. Make your kitchen and bath look as good as you can, repair anything that is actually broken, but don’t tackle a major remodel.

Another project to skip is adding a sunroom. Sunrooms are difficult to maintain, and many buyers don’t want one.

Prepping your home to sell takes time, effort, and thought. With these tips, you can spend that energy where it will make the most difference, and skip those tasks that will take up too much money or have minimal impact on your home’s value.

About the Author
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Helaine diLeone Botello

The Broker/Owner, Helaine diLeone Botello was employed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), as Oversight Manager on all contracts to review FDIC Real Estate Appraisals. This entailed participation in the nationwide sale of FDIC owned commercial and residential real estate. Also, at FDIC, she served as bank examiner and resolution specialist in the examination and closing of banks. After leaving the FDIC, she opened diLeone by the Sea Evaluations. Then contracted with two internationally known real estate firms before starting diLeone by the Sea Real Estate.

PRESENT & PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE:

diLeone by the Sea Real Estate Oceanside CA Broker/Owner

Harcourts Sand & Sea Oceanside CA Realtor®

Century 21 Mission Oceanside California Realtor®

diLeone Evaluations Oceanside California Owner/Operator

FDIC Division of Resolution & Receivership & Supervision Nationwide

Fort Hays State University Hays Kansas Faculty Member

Grant County Bank Silver City New Mexico Compliance

Blythe Steel Blythe California Owner/Operator

PRESENT & PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & DESIGNATIONS:

North San Diego County Association of Realtors Member

California and National Association of Realtors Member

California Bureau of Real Estate Real Estate Broker License

California Texas & Utah General Real Estate Appraiser Licenses

Texas Real Estate Commission Real Estate Broker License

The Appraisal Institute Associate Member

FORMAL EDUCATION:

Western New Mexico University Silver City NM BBA & MBA Degrees

Western State University College of Law San Diego CA

Palo Verde College Blythe CA AA Degree

Hempfield High School Greensburg PA Academic Studies

Aquinas Academy Greensburg PA Academic Studies