Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Preparing your House for Sale

Preparing your House for Sale

To prepare your home for sale, you may need to perform some maintenance to get it into top shape. Here is a list of things you can do before your home goes on the market that will really make a difference:

* Replace cracked windows and torn screens.
* Fix or replace broken stairs or handrails.
* Fix plumbing fixtures, leaking faucets, and so on.
* Replace exterior lock sets and garage door openers if damaged.
* Repair worn or damaged flooring.
* Replace broken or leaking gutters and downspouts.
* Remove any soil or landscape mulch from contact with wood.
* Clean, repair, or replace the roof.
* Repair or replace worn boards on decks or porches.
* Have your heater and air conditioning units serviced and filters replaced.

Some sellers may hesitate to tackle these matters because of the cost, but money spent on repairs can make a difference in the final sale price. Moreover, some of these deferred maintenance items are safety hazards and others may be required by the buyer or lender before closing.

Buyers tend to overestimate the cost of performing repairs and thus reduce their offer by an amount higher than necessary to compensate. If the lender requires the repairs to be performed before closing, the seller can, in effect, end up paying for repairs twice: first in a lower sale price and second in the out-of-pocket cost of the repairs themselves.

A better strategy is to perform the repairs before putting your house on the market. By comparing estimates from several contractors, you can be sure to get a competitive price. And you'll eliminate potential reasons a prospective buyer might use to justify a lower price offer.

If you're thinking about selling your home, please call or email to discuss repairs your house might need. I may be able to save you time and money.  Remember, I work all of North Dallas County and Collin County including Richardson, Plano, Allen, Frisco, Carrollton, Garland, Rowlett, McKinney, etc... my car will take us anywhere you need to go!! 



Comment balloon 2 commentsDonna Harris • April 23 2007 02:03PM


And after all the repairs are done, why not call in a home stager to get the interior in "showready" condition?  Buyers don't realize Home Staging is affordable and fast.
Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) almost 12 years ago
Cindy, actually I am an ASP, so that part is covered.  I completely understand the benefits of staging properties.
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 12 years ago