Are you thinking about listing your Milwaukee house? If so, you will likely be making some fixes and upgrades to the home in order to get it listing-ready. But not all repairs are created equal. You don;t want to make expensive repairs that offer little to no return.
In this blog, we have put together our list of 5 things to fix before you list your Milwaukee home!
No matter how old and damaged your flooring is, it still can be dealt with at a relatively small cost. Fix cracked tiles and repair any of major scratches on both the walls and the hardwoods. Also remove the carpet if it is old and dirty. It is better to leave ugly flooring than a dirty carpet. If the floor is not in a good shape, use area rugs to cover them up. Or you can hire a professional cleaner to remove any stains from the carpets and leave them as they are.
Any roof damage, no matter how small, has to be repaired! There can’t be any leakage and water can’t drip from anywhere. Also, fix the water stains. They will make your potential buyers think that there is something bigger and more serious wrong with the house. Be sure to repair everything so your buyers aren’t scared and turned off!
The color of the walls can change the whole look and feel of the room. While the consensus says to stick with neutral tones, adding some warmth to a dark and cold feeling room will change the way people feel when they walk in. You want the colors to be warm and inviting. Find a balance between plain and boring and too bold and off-putting. Infuse some personality into the color scheme, but remember you want to appeal to a wide audience, not just those who share your color palette. Wallpaper is seeing a comeback, but not everyone is interested in prints on the walls. If you decide to leave wallpaper up, make sure it is a low-key print that isn’t going to dissuade people from enjoying the space.
You can’t say enough about curb appeal. There have been studies done, saying people subconsciously decide if they will make an offer on a home within the first few seconds of seeing it. Your landscaping is your first chance to connect and appeal to potential buyers. For a relatively inexpensive investment, adding some plants and cleaning up weeds and overgrowth, can make a huge impact on how fast your home sells. While bad landscaping might be able to be looked over for the perfect house, it is better to start out on the right foot. Start out by making people want to see more of the house, just by looking at the outside! This is especially important if you are selling your house in Milwaukee during summer.
Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen and bath are what will ultimately sell the house. However massive work isn’t necessary to make these areas really appealing to anyone. Do any of the small fixes that you can to make everything pop. Paint over old cabinets to make them look like they’re pristine new. Tiles can be resurfaced. Your tub and shower could also be refinished for a new look. Add new faucets, drawer pulls, cabinet handles and doorknobs. All of this is guaranteed to make your old space fell fresh and modern in an instance!
Fix Before You List Bonus: Lighting
Adding great lighting to the area will help to sell your home. Make sure areas are well lit, and are filled with warm light… nothing too bright or hard on the eyes!