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9 Quick Fixes You Must Do Before Selling Your House


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Blog by Ray Smiley | April 13th, 2015


Before selling a house, experts recommend that you do a tour of your own property and look for various signs of damage which might not be visible at first glance and can deter potential house buyers. Also, it is a brilliant idea to fix anything that shows signs of damage in order to bring your house close to perfection. Here are several fixes you can perform before putting your house on sale.

Repair missing shingles on the roof

A roof which features missing shingles is not attractive at all. Potential home buyers might think that you are not a trustworthy and caring owner and they might lose interest in your property. To prevent this, all that you have to do is to replace the missing shingles on your own or ask for professional help. This simple detail can make a big difference in the long run.

Replace lighting bulbs

In a similar fashion, it would be great if you would replace the lighting bulbs in your house with ones that are more eco-friendly and consume less energy. In some cases, eco-friendly lighting bulbs also offer brighter light. As a result, you will avoid embarrassing situations and scenarios like flickering lights and so on when the clients visit your house.

Repair the residential fence



If your property has a fence and it is made from wood, you should pay close attention to it and try to discover imperfections and signs of damage. In most cases, wooden fence might show minor signs of deterioration which will eventually deter potential buyers. Make sure that you repair the fence and even repaint it if it is necessary and your house will look fantastic.

Trim bushes and tree branches

This is not actually a fix, but it is a good idea to take it into consideration. Some houses might have a lot of bushes and trees around them which is great for air quality. However, if the branches of the trees are too large and unattractive, this can be a big minus for your property's aesthetics. Similarly, untrimmed bushes are not visually appealing. Make sure that you address those things before you open the doors of your property to potential home buyers.

Wash the walkways and garage door

These are simple yet very effective ways of enhancing the beauty of your house. Dirty walkways or garage door will ruin the exterior design of your property and cast a bad impression on your clients before they even step foot into your house. Therefore, put your garden hose to good use and don’t forget to clean the front entrance door too, if it is very dirty.

Clean the windows and window blinds

In a similar fashion, dirty windows can send the wrong message to potential home buyers and prevent them from experiencing the true beauty of your house. Therefore, make sure that you spend some time cleaning your windows and don’t forget to allot equal attention to the window blinds too. These products can hold a lot of dust, dirt, and impurities which will negatively affect the interior design of your property and ruin the indoor air quality.

Inspect the basement and perform the required repairs

In many properties, the basement is the place which usually poses a lot of problems. Under no circumstance you should put your house on sale if the basement is seriously problematic. For example, if you see signs of mold and mildew accumulation in the basement, make sure that you fix this problem right away. Similarly, if you see traces of pests, call the exterminators that very day.

Lastly, if you have a leaky basement, you need to take advantage of professional waterproofing services to restore it to its original condition. If you don’t do these fixes, your clients will eventually notice the problems and they might not be interested in your house anymore.

Fix squeaky door hinges at all costs

Items which are squeaky betray damage and poor installation. For example, squeaky door hinges can make potential home buyers wonder what else is damaged in your property and their impression when touring the house will not be the most pleasant one. Repairing squeaky door hinges takes 15-20 minutes and you can do it on your own during the weekends.

Make sure that the sinks and bathtubs are not clogged

A clogged sink drain is another common problem which needs your attention immediately. Make sure that you use vinegar, dish soap as well as plenty of hot water to unclog your blocked sink drains. Proceed in a similar manner for clogged bathtubs. If the problems are not fixed this easily, consider calling a professional plumber.

These simple fixes can be done relatively quickly by all homeowners and they can make a big difference when the clients visit your house. Also, if you are from Ottawa, working with a professional real estate agent in Ottawa will ensure that you sell your house quickly. Contact us today and let us help you sell your property.