If you’re planning to sell your home soon, or your home is simply in need of some updates and repairs, here’s a quick guide from the top of your home to the bottom to help you prioritize:
Top of your home: Roof
Few parts of a home are as important to maintain as your roof. Ignoring this task will result in leaks, critters and other uncomfortable hassles. Start by checking the shingles to make sure there are none with cracks, curls or completely missing from your roof. Next, check your flashing, or the metal sheets placed over your roofs joints. They should be secured tightly on your roof and free of corrosion.
Fascia are long boards that run along the roof’s lower edge and cover the ends of rafters; soffits are tucked underneath, bridging the gap between the roofline and your home’s siding. These roof parts can be easily damaged in the winter when snow and icicles collect along your roof’s edge, leading to cracks and leaks.
There are a lot of elements within your home that will need to be updated and repaired as a result of natural wear and tear, but today we’re focusing on the paint. One of the most cost-effective and easiest ways to spruce up your property is to give it a fresh coat of paint. This looks good and can help hide other problems, such as water marks or smoke stains that have accumulated over the years.
If you are repainting your home, especially before selling, keep these tips in mind:
- Paint using light-colored, neutral tones. These appeal to the widest range of potential buyers and create the feeling of a blank canvas. Light colors will also help make rooms appear more spacious.
- If there are any nail holes in the wall, you’ll want to plug them up using putty and sand the area down before you paint over the surface.
- Scrape off the wallpaper and paint over it with a neutral color instead. This will help make it easier for buyers to imagine what they would do with the space.
- There’s no need to paint the whole property if it’s in decent condition. You could simply focus on the exterior trim and front door.
- If you’re not confident with your painting abilities, hire a professional to get the job done right. A bad paint job can do more harm than good. Our favorite Twin Cities paint team is W&S Painter Pros! Learn more about them here.
Again, there are many other updates you may need to make over time, but for the “bottom” of your home, we’re focusing on floors. Whether your floors are hardwood, carpeted or ceramic, they will eventually need updates or cleaning.
- Hardwood Floors – If your home has hardwood floors, that’s what buyers want, and it would pay to have the carpeting removed and the floors refinished.
- Carpeting – If your sub-floor is plywood, then replace the carpeting with light tan. Neutral carpeting is your best bet for resale.
- Ceramic – Replace chipped or cracked tiles. Clean or replace the grout. But don’t install ceramic (it’s too expensive) unless it’s for aesthetic reasons in an entry way.
If you’re getting ready to sell, or you’re just planning to invest some resources into making some much needed repairs on your home, try thinking top to bottom. What are the items that need immediate attention at the top of your home, in the middle and at the bottom? Looking for vendors who provide these repair services? Our agents have a great list of Twin Cities vendors and services.