You’ve probably heard the phrase “the devil’s in the details”. That rings true when selling your home, too. Buyers check out everything (and I do mean everything) when considering a house to purchase. They open doors. They open drawers. Nothing’s off-limits. Because of that, you need to make sure everything works properly. Those little squeaks and quirks you managed to live with all this time may not fly with a buyer. So, I’d like to offer you this Havasu home seller tip: when it comes to impressing a buyer, the little things do count.
Havasu Home Seller Tip: Make These Repairs Before You Show
Doors and Windows
If opening a door or window requires a bit of effort, fix it. Hire a carpenter to come out and make the adjustments needed to allow a door to swing freely and a window to move easily in its tracks. The same goes for interior doors that won’t close properly. Oftentimes, that’s due to it being hung wrong. Also, if you hear squeaks in the hinges when you open or close, grab the WD-40. Finally, if you need to use something to prop open a loose window, get that fixed immediately.
After several years of just “living with it”, you might not even notice the little wobble your fan makes anymore. But believe me…buyers will! Tighten up any loose screws. If that doesn’t fix it, replace it altogether.
Leaky faucets never look good. Sometimes, these are simple fixes that anyone with a wrench and a basic knowledge of plumbing can handle. Other times, you may need to have a pro come out to deal with it. Additionally, if you changed out your hardware but have them labeled wrong (ie, cold water comes out of the “hot” faucet, hot water comes out of the “cold” faucet), switch them so that they’re correct. Check the faucets in your showers and/or tubs, too. Believe it or not, buyers pay attention to these little details.
Another important Havasu home seller tip? Pay attention to your toilet. While you’re in the bathroom, make sure the toilet doesn’t leak or run for too long. If it continually tries to fill the tank up without success, you may just need to replace the flapper inside. That costs less than $10 and can be changed out in a matter of minutes.
Is the railing leading up to your front door or the banister on your stairs loose? Tighten them up right away. First, it creates a safety hazard when someone tries to grab a hold of it. Second, it makes buyers wonder what other things you’ve “let go” while you lived there.
Wooden floors are beautiful. Wooden floors that squeak? Not so much. Same goes for creaky flooring underneath linoleum, tile or carpeting. This means that the subflooring needs some attention.
Whether it’s your coat closet, the linen closet or the bedroom closet, stuffed closets signal “not enough space” to buyers. Pare down your wardrobe and linens by at least 30%. Then, check that all shelving and rods are held steadfastly in place…without squeaks or any looseness showing.
Spotty Patch Work
No matter how long you’ve lived in your Havasu house, chances are good that you’ve had to make a few patches around the house. Accidents happen. But you don’t need to advertise that fact with spotty patching. Make sure any holes are properly repaired. Then, take a 3″ x 3″ portion of the wall you repaired so that you can match the paint at your local home improvement store. Next, paint the entire wall with the matched paint in order to keep the color consistent throughout. No one will be the wiser.
You know that you need to press the garage door button for several seconds before it opens. An agent may not. You also want to make sure that it opens and closes easily and with little noise.
Last on the list of the “little things” you need to pay attention to when selling your Havasu home? Your gates. Get rid of any squeaks. Make sure they swing open and closed easily. And check that it clears the ground with ease. No one wants to drag the gate through the dirt or hear it scraping against any pavers when trying to open or close it.