Gearing up to place your home on the market? You probably have home improvement on the mind. What small improvements can you make the maximize home value and make each room most attractive to potential buyers? Doing a whole home renovation in anticipating of selling is not recommended, as you can’t guarantee 100% return on investment.
Small repairs, however, can positively impact your bottom line without breaking the bank. When it comes to minor issues with the home like outdated tiles, wall scuffs, missing trim, or cracked porcelain, potential buyers have a critical, discerning eye.
When it comes to small home repairs, always address them before listing your home for sale. Don’t have a DIY instinct? A handyman service can take care of them all. Here are some common areas to look out for:
Old, Dated Fixtures
Do your kitchen counters or bathroom cabinet hardware look like they belong on the set of The Brady Bunch? If many of your home’s fixtures scream of another, less stylish era, it’s time for an update! Potential buyers judge the kitchen more than any other room in the home, and bathrooms aren’t far behind. Make these repairs and replacements a priority by upgrading from vinyl flooring to stone tiles, giving cabinets a facelift with a fresh stain or coat of paint and new handles, and replace the backsplash.
All About the Details
Each of these areas should all be addressed. If the trim around the doors and windows look worse for wear or the baseboards are in bad shape, a handyman service can take care of it. Do your doors have outdated brass knobs? Are the light switch covers looking faded? Is the patio door screen broken? You may not notice these details, but potential buyers do.
Problems with Plumbing, Electrical Wiring
It’s imperative that the plumbing, HVAC system and electrical systems are all functioning properly and also show that they’ve been maintained. Any leaks, issues with the toilet, water valves, or hot water should be repaired. If there are any electrical outlets or missing, burnt out bulbs, ensure they are replaced and functioning when it’s time to place your home on display. At To Do Done, our extended team includes licensed electricians, plumbers, and HVAC technicians so you can trust the job is done right.
It’s important to keep in mind that potential buyers will always view your home through a very different lens than you will. Be critical of your home and focus on what should be repaired. Homes that show a reasonable level of maintenance often sell for much more than homes that do not. Before you place your home up for sale, give To Do Done a call! As the leading handyman service in Ottawa, we take care of home repairs so you can enjoy the house hunt.