How Should I Fix My Home Before I Try to Sell It?

Published On: October 10, 20190 Comments on How Should I Fix My Home Before I Try to Sell It?Tags: Last Updated: February 12, 20242.7 min read

Are you ready to sell your home? Does it need repairs or should you sell it as is. That’s a complicated question that includes several factors to consider. How much are the repairs and do you have the funds to invest in the fixes? How much is your house worth with and without the fixes?

Fix home before sell it

If you have been told you need to make repairs, don’t ask someone too “fix my home” save some money and do it yourself. Read on to see how you can.

How to Fix My Home

If you have maintained your home over the years, there should be only minor touches needed. Keep in mind, there’s a difference between repairs and upgrades. Upgrades increase your home’s value, repairs maintain the value of your home. Read more here if you need an agent to help you sort through upgrades or repairs.

Kitchen and Bathrooms

The focus in the kitchen and bath should be that all sinks and faucets work and have no leaks. This includes the showerheads. Cabinets and flooring should be clean and free of dents, dings, and chips. All walls need to be painted and there should be no mold.


Update any paint on the walls and clean curtains, especially if you plan on leaving them with the house. It makes the room feel more appealing.

Other Inside Items to Check

Next, it’s time to take a look at other interior areas. Repair holes and minor dents and dings on walls and ceilings. A fresh coat of paint always helps. Choose neutral colors to prevent issues arround the new owners not sharing your tastes.

On floors replace anything that’s worn or unable to be cleaned. All the mechanical equipment in your house should be in good working order, such as the HVAC, water heaters, and smoke alarms. You probably have a good idea if your electrical system is up to code. If you don’t know, have it inspected. Repair anything that’s not up to standards. Any deficiencies will be caught with a home inspection and better to fix them now.

Don’t Forget the Exterior of Your Home

Garage doors should work smoothly and meet codes. Paint or replace exterior doors that show signs of wear and tear. It’s never a good idea to have a roof or foundation that needs repairs.

Fix home before sell it - garden

If you are planning on selling your house make sure they are repaired before your home goes on the market. Clean gutters and downspouts of any debris.

Curb Appeal

Make sure the outside of your home is free of leaves and flower beds are free of weeds. If you have a deck or porch they should be up to code and in good condition. The same is true for fences.

Are You Ready to Tackle Your Home Improvement Projects?

Don’t call someone begging them to “Fix my home”, just do it yourself! I include detailed instructions on the project so you can take it on on your self. Don’t see the instructions you need? Ask us, we’re happy to post an answer for you.

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