Potential buyers don’t just want to know that the property will suit their needs, they also want to know if they can be expected to find and pay for a range of needed repairs post-settlement. Paint which is chipping away, wood with pieces missing of splinters showing, and peeling wallpaper can all lead buyers to believe that maintenance wasn’t important to the owner, and wonder what other problems they will encounter once settlement has occurred and they are financially responsible.
- Tour the exterior of your property to identify any cracks, chips, or issues with paneling.
- Perform the same tour of the interior of your home, paying particular attention to door frames, workspaces, and countertop, for chips or fractures.
When you have identified these items, you don’t necessarily have to bring them back to their former state. If you prefer, you can simply sand back any paint or chips to achieve a smooth surface. While this isn’t ideal, it shows the intention of upkeep and maintenance which can work in your favor.