Are you thinking about listing your Miami house?
If so, chances are you’ll have to make some fixes and upgrades to your home to get it market-ready. But not all upgrades and repairs are equal in terms of effort, time, and money.
Home Improvements You Can’t Ignore Before Selling.
It’s vitally important you don’t waste time and effort on expensive repairs that offer little to no return.
But don’t fret! We’ve put together this list of 5 things to fix before you market your Miami home!
Even old, damaged, and tired flooring can be fixed by yourself at a relatively low cost. Fix cracked tiles, repair major scratches to hardwood floors, and clean or rip out worn-out carpeting. There’s are a lot of simple fixes that don’t require professional help.
Even if the floorboards underneath are nothing special, presenting a property with old, stained carpet throughout or even in just one room is a huge turn-off. Plus, it’s another job for buyers to tackle if they want the property.
If the floor isn’t in the greatest shape, an area rug can help cover up the damages. If you’re planning to leave the carpets as is, get them professionally cleaned to remove any stains or odors you might not have noticed.
Is there any damage to the roof that you haven’t got round to sorting out?
If so, you need to get that sorted even if it’s just a minor leak: repair leaking areas and water damage to the ceiling.
Any water stains on the ceiling and walls will be huge red flags for potential buyers. They will immediately think there could be mold or possible structural issues. Make sure you fix these problems before showing off your house; otherwise, you could scare off potential buyers!
The decor can create and control the atmosphere of the room. While the consensus says to stick with neutral tones, throwing in a touch of brighter, warm colors can transform a dark and cold feeling room. Choose colors that are warm and inviting.
The goal is to find a balance between not too dull and not too bold. Your aim should be to appeal to a broad audience, not just those who share your color palette. Wallpaper is seeing a comeback, but not everyone is interested in prints on the walls.
A safe option is to paint the walls neutral colors while adding color by decorating with wall art, cushions, rugs, throws, fresh flowers, and so on.
Every homeowner should know everything there is to know about curb appeal. But unfortunately, some homeowners don’t realize it’s importance. There have been studies showing that people decide whether they will put an offer down in the first few seconds of seeing your home.
This information is critically important and should be used to your advantage. Your landscaping is your first chance to connect and appeal to potential buyers and make a long-lasting, positive first impression.
At a relatively low cost, you can add some plants, clear up any weeds, jetwash the patio, and carry out general maintenance. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it can make.
While some buyers might be willing to ignore a messy yard for the perfect, dream home, it’s always in your best interest to get things sorted from the get-go. Don’t be remembered as a great house with a garden-that-needs-work! If there’s a similar property on the market boasting a beautifully tidy yard, chances are buyers will be more interested in considering that property first.
Kitchen & Bath
You could argue that these two rooms are the most function-based in the whole home and ultimately will be the deciding factor that sells your property. Families spend a lot of time in both the kitchen and the bathroom, and buyers will be fussy when it comes to space, appliances, and decor.
However, this doesn’t mean you have to carry out major remodels or renovations. Small fixes can add serious value to your home. Refinishing or painting old cabinets can bring new life to the room.
Countertops and even tiles can be resurfaced. You can even refinish your tub and shower. You could buy new fixtures, including faucets, drawer pulls, doorknobs and cabinet handles. Investing in these minor upgrades are not only low cost, but they can make a dated and old-fashioned space feel fresh and modern!
BONUS! Fix Before You List┃Lighting
The first thing a lot of buyers will notice straight away is the lighting. Buyers will want to open curtains, blinds, and drapes to see how much natural light the room gets. Getting windows cleaned inside and out can help improve the natural light, but it’s also a good idea to update the lighting throughout the house. But, don’t go for anything too bright or hard on the eyes!