For a great resource, have Lakes Area Home Inspections out when you first decide to sell. Our inspectors are friendly and knowledgeable and can point out fixes that need to be made so you get a great price for your house. Reach out to us at 262-818-0911 to schedule your appointment!
Here are top 3 things that most commonly need fixing before you put your house on the market:
#3 Kitchen – although this can be the most expensive room in your house to update, there are some easy fixes that can make a difference. Like the bathroom, replace grout if necessary and make sure the tiles are buffed so they shine. If you can’t replace outdated cabinets, you may be able to paint them for a fraction of the cost. This is an area to consult with your home inspector or real estate agent to determine what changes can get you the best return on your investment.
#2 Exterior – First impressions count! When the buyer pulls up to your house what do they see? Ungroomed shrubs? Chipped Paint? Cobwebs under your eaves? Make sure you cut the grass, trim the hedges, and put away all excess items in the yard (hoses, rakes, toys, etc.). Also, repairing broken fences and planting some colorful flowers are ways to improve without spending a lot of money. If it’s winter, make sure walkways are driveways are cleared of snow & ice and are easy to walk on.
#1 Paint – painting is an easy way to update the look of your home both inside and out. Although a complete repaint of the inside or outside could be expensive, doing small jobs or touchups can get great results. Using a trending color can update your home’s look and attract more buyers (see our previous Blog for tips on interior color HERE). Got wallpaper? Remove it! Wallpaper is very outdated and leaves room for the seller to ask for a reduction in price.
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LAHI serves the entire area of Northern IL and Southern WI. If you are in Vernon Hills, Long Grove, Beach Park, Cary or the surrounding areas, give us a call at (224) 334-8885 so we can get you on our schedule