If you’re hoping to put your home up for sale and get the highest possible offers for it, or you’re simply looking to make some updates on your home to make it more up-to-date, repairing things around your house can be a great place to start. But before you have someone in to make the repairs, let’s take a look at a few steps you’ll want to take to prep your home to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Assess What Needs Repairing to Make the Home Move-In Ready
Before you have any repairs done, you’ll want to assess what needs to be done. A majority of buyers prefer to make offers on move-in ready homes rather than having to make repairs to a home prior to moving in. Buyers are also willing to pay a premium price for move-in-ready homes. If you’re hoping to sell your home for the maximum possible price, make repairs before you put it on the market For example, you’ll want to replace cracked tiles in the kitchen and bathroom, take care of any plumbing repairs like leaky showerheads, and don’t forget to assess whether your home is in need of electrical repairs.
Prioritize Repairs That Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal
In a real estate market that’s characterized by high interest rates, you have to make the most of every showing. There are home buyers who will drive right past a home rather than go through with the showing if the exterior looks unkempt or unappealing. It’s essential that your home’s exterior looks its best. Some exterior repairs worth making include replacing damaged gutters or siding, repairing cracks or flaws in concrete patios, and replacing broken windows or doors. Simple things such as power washing the exterior of the home or adding fresh paint to the exterior can drastically increase the curb appeal.
Clear Away Clutter
Your contractors will need to have plenty of space to do their work and perform repairs. Think about moving or getting rid of unnecessary objects that could get in their way. Additionally, when they’re finished making the repairs, it’s better to have a clutter-free home when your real estate agent shows your property to prospective buyers.
A garage or shed is the perfect place to move excess items. It’s also possible to rent a storage unit for storing these belongings. You simply need to move everything back into your home when the repairs are done or move them to your new home if you’re selling your current one.
Remove Objects That Could Get Damaged in the Renovation Process
While having furniture in your home for a showing can help sell your house, you will want to remove it or at least cover it when repairs are being done to reduce the risk of it being damaged or accidents happening during the renovation or repair process.
It’s best to move it to the garage or to storage if possible. Move it back once the repairs are done, and you’re ready to show your home or get back to living in and enjoying your new space.
Decide Whether To Stay or Leave Your Home
Before repairs or renovations are done, you’ll also want to decide whether you want to stay in your home during the renovation or if you’d rather stay somewhere else while the work is being done. If it’s a big renovation that’s going to take weeks or months, staying somewhere else might be a better option. You can stay in a hotel if it’s in your budget or with a family member or friend. But if it’s simply a few home repairs, staying in your home may be more convenient.
Schedule A Consultation
Need help with your home renovations? Give 2C Construction a call at our Niles, MI office at 269-222-7907, or get in touch using our online contact form. We look forward to helping you achieve all your renovation and home repair needs!