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Fourteen Repairs to Make Before Selling

Nothing turns off a potential buyer faster than peeling paint, a broken window, or a splintered front step. It's wise to make necessary repairs before you put your house on the market. A house in good condition demonstrates pride of ownership - one of your best sales tools. Start by covering these areas:

Inside the House


  Outside the House

Fix or replace damaged flooring, such as torn linoleum or cracked tiles
If you can't afford to replace damaged or worn floors, consider offering the buyer an allowance for renovation.


  Replace cracked windows and torn screens
Don't let your house be shown with the equivalent of a black eye

Fix any drains, faucets, or plumbing fixtures that aren't operating
Fixes can range from replacing a faucet washer to buying a new toilet.



Replace broken gutters or missing downspouts
Good drainage is key to passing a home inspection.


Paint the interior
Fill and paint any cracks or holes in the walls. (You may need to repaint entire walls to mask such repairs.)

    Replace or fix broken stairs
It's a matter of both safety and aesthetics.

Replace burned-out bulbs and broken electrical sockets.
Most agents will want to turn on all the lights before showing

  Reseal the deck and repair broken boards
A new coat of sealer can spruce up a fading deck


Replace or fix broken stairs.
Fix any creaks as well.

  Repair the roof
Replace shingles and tack down loose flashing. If the roof is old, you may want to replace it and adjust your sales price accordingly.


Replace old locks and doorknobs
Make it easy for a buyer to walk in


Fix any doors that don't open easily, including garage door
If your garage door opener doesn't work, repair or replace it




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