If you are looking to put your home on the market, chances are you have been working on sprucing up your interiors and exteriors. You may have repainted all the rooms in a neutral color, updated the kitchen counters or fixed up the landscaping. While all of these positive changes certainly won’t hurt the chances of your home being sold quickly, there are a few problems that might keep buyers from making an offer. Here are the top three home upgrades to sell your home fast.
No matter how charming your home may be, if the roof is old and in need of repair it will be a red flag for buyers. While you may not need to put on a brand new roof if it has been updated within the past 10-15 years, it is important that it is inspected for any damages and that you make the repairs before putting the home on the market. While you might be able to work out a concession for repairs with the buyers, some people just don’t want to have to fool with doing any work at all. Being able to ensure that your roof looks great and is in great condition will be a big plus to potential buyers.
2. Old Windows
Old windows that are original to historic homes can be full of charm, but they can be dangerous and very costly over time. Any windows that were painted prior to 1978 are likely to contain lead. If they are solid wooden windows they may also contain mold or pest damage.
Simply slapping on some fresh paint might make the windows look better, but it will not solve the issues of drafts and moisture seeping in which will likely cause the new paint to begin molding and chipping again. A lot of potential home buyers with small children and pets will be put off by the problems caused by old windows and will not want to have all the windows replaced. If possible, have all new windows installed prior to listing your home on the market. The investment up front will pay off in the long run and will also reduce energy costs while you are still living in the home. If by any chance you do discover a termite or pest problem around old windows, be sure to use a Chem-Free Pest Control company, as today’s homeowners are focusing on living a healthier and greener lifestyle.
3. Update HVAC
If your home does not have a central heat and air system, many buyers will not consider it. A newer heating and cooling unit is a big plus, since older units often seem to konk out during the heat of summer or during an ice storm! Window units might be necessary for supplemental cooling, but overall they are costly and unattractive when used as a main cooling source. If your unit is in good working order and newer, potential buyers will have one less thing to worry about.
If you want to get your home sold fast, it is important to get your home looking great, but also to make sure it is safe and sound for potential buyers. Having a new roof put on, replacing drafty windows and repairing or installing new HVAC will be make your home more marketable. Of course there are lots of other tips and tricks for selling your home fast, but taking care of the major issues should be first on your to-do list before listing your home.
If you are looking to sell your home any time in the near future, I wish you the best of luck!