• Ben Percival

Add Value to your Property | TIME TO LET THE TOOLBOX SHINE

Updated: May 30, 2020

Step 3 - Lay the Ground Work // part 2

I see you - step away from the toolbox and leave that tub of paint on the shelf at Bunnings, just for a hot minute. The moment you’ve finished reading this, you’ll know exactly what you’ll be working on next weekend!

Today, we’ll look at a list of repairs you can undertake to bring your home to peak condition and prepare it for sale. Repeat after me - REPAIRS - not renovations.

You want to achieve the best price for your property and see buyers (aka the people you’re leaving the large scale renovations to) queuing up to put in an offer. A few quick repairs could make the difference.

For your convenience, I've grouped them into 5 sections, in order of importance:

1. Fixtures

  • The comments I hear at inspections are usually about the small repairs, often overlooked.

  • They're often inexpensive, yet well worth the cost, to show that your home has been well looked after.

  • Ensure appliances work.

  • Fix anything that needs maintenance or is broken: Some buyers may try turning things on & off during inspection.

2. Walls & Ceilings

  • You don’t necessarily need to paint every wall and ceiling a crisp coat of white.

  • Small fixes can do the trick.

  • However, a paint job can immensely freshen the look of your property. Depending on your budget, prioritise what areas you tend to first!

3. Electrical

  • Minor electrical faults are not costly to fix.

  • Electrical flaws however are one of the biggest issues for buyers.

  • Take care of them, so they do not affect your price.

4. Plumbing

  • Common plumbing issues can dull a buyer’s interest in your property.

  • Bathrooms and kitchens generally have the biggest impact on a buying decision!

  • Prioritise repairs in these rooms!

5. Floors

  • Laying down new carpet or retiling an area can be a very costly job.

  • Fix any damages. You don’t want the buyer to start adding up figures the moment they walk through the door

6. Cleanliness

  • I cannot stress this enough and will make a point to bring it up repeatedly: There is no greater turn off than mess and clutter!

  • Can you picture yourself living in a grubby home? Neither can the buyer.

  • If they cannot see the property beneath the chaos or filth, they will not be rushing to buy it.

I hope this sheds some light on the importance of paying great attention to small details.

If I've done my work right, I've helped you wrap your head around what repairs could make all the difference in achieving the price your desire for your property.

Keep your eyes peeled for a convenient worksheet, so you can track your progress and leave no stone unturned in presenting a picture perfect home!

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