7 Important Repairs To Make Before Selling A House

 

As a seller, you’ll want your home in tip-top shape but you don’t want to eat into your profits by overspending on home improvements.The key is to focus on the most important repairs to make before selling a house to ensure every dollar you spend supports a higher asking price.

 

#1 The Most Important Repair to Make Before Selling: Fix Damaged Flooring

Scratched-up wood flooring; ratty, outdated carpeting; and tired linoleum make your home feel sad. Buyers might take one step inside and scratch the property from their list. Want to know how to increase the value of your home? Install new flooring.

 

#2 Fix Water Stains

You’ve learned to live with the results of a long-fixed plumbing snafu, but for buyers, a water stain suggests there could be a dozen pesky problems hidden beneath the surface. That’s why this is one of the things to do before putting your house on the market.

 

#3 Repair Torn Window Screens

So super inexpensive — and even DIY-able. You can purchase a window screen frame repair kit from a home improvement store for $10 to $15. Considering the simplicity of this repair, making the fix is always worth it — and so are other small but highly visible issues. When you’re debating how to increase the value of your home, nix any small problems, snags, or ugly spots that might make buyers scrunch up their brows.

 

#4 Update Grout

Is your grout yellowing or cracked? Buyers will notice. New grout, on the other hand, can make old floors look like they came straight from the showroom.

#5 Resuscitate a Dying Lawn

Nothing says, “This one’s gonna take some work” like a brown, patchy, weedy lawn.

Fixing the problem doesn’t cost a ton of money — and you’ll get it all back (and then some!) once you sell. Hiring a lawn care service to apply fertilizer and weed control.

 

#6 Erase Pet Damage

Did your (sort of) darling kitten scratch your bedroom door? Fix the damage before listing your home. Otherwise, buyers may consider the scuffs a canary in the coal mine. Replacing pet-damaged carpeting or hardwood may be a bigger job than buffing out some scuffs — but it’s worth the cash.

 

#7 Revive an Outdated Kitchen

A full kitchen renovation is rarely worth it when it comes time to sell — even though buyers love a fresh look.

 

Setting up your home for selling success doesn’t have to be expensive. Focus on the most important repairs to make before selling a house by picking projects that do more than look pretty. Choose updates that get your home in selling shape and justify a higher asking price.

 


Kathryn Gorham / Green Key Realty / Emerald Isle, North Carolina / www.HomesEmeraldIsle.com

2010 President Women’s Council of REALTORS® Crystal Coast Chapter
pld28594@hotmail.com cell · 252.354.2958 office
Southern Outer Banks NC | Crystal Coast NC | Coastal Carolina
 

FREE alerts of HOT properties in Emerald Isle NC HOT properties Emerald Isle NC, Kathryn Gorham

Copyright © 2017 by Kathryn Gorham, All Rights Reserved. Permission granted to re-blog or re-print with the stipulations that you do not alter the original content and that you provide a link back to this article in the re-blog or re-print. First printed at http://homesemeraldisle.com/blog/ this article…Supper club of Emerald Isle NC is hosting a Toys for tots & story time

Keeping Your House Clean with Dogs While It’s on the Market

 

Houses that smell or look like pets have lived in them are just harder to sell. Here’s how to de-dog your house before putting it on the market and how to keep it that way while you sell.

  • Steam Clean Everything Fabric!

         Soft surfaces hold the most odors and hair. This includes carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, and even the drapes, she says. Pets rub against drapes, getting oils, odors, and fur on the fabric. Send curtains out for a professional cleaning.

  • Groom Your Pet!

          Get your pet groomed by a professional before you list your house. You can do it yourself, but a pro can get more hair and dander off than you can. Brush your furry friend regularly while your house is on the market. Any hair you get off on a brush is hair that won’t end up on your sofa or in your rugs.

  • Clean Tile Floor Grout!

          Tile resists dog stains, but grout is porous and sucks them up like a sponge. Steam clean grout to lift old smells and stains.

  • Get An Air Purifier Tower!

          To you, it smells like home. But your HVAC has been circulating the same hair and dander again and again Add an air purifier tower with a HEPA filter; it pulls hair and dander out of the air before they even reach your HVAC. Most air ducts don’t need to be cleaned, especially if you change filters regularly. But if dander and fur seem to be taking over, hire a duct-cleaning company before putting your home on the market.

  • Use Enzymatic Cleaners!

          They’re the special forces of odor busters. Enzymatic cleaners are made of beneficial bacteria that eat stains and odors. They’re formulated to stamp out a specific type of stain, so a cleanser that targets urine won’t be the same as one for vomit.

  • Get Rid Of Scratch Marks!

          Pet toenails leave telltale marks on doors and walls. For walls and doors made of synthetic materials, you’ll just need to paint over the marks. For a wooden door, use wood-filler pen can fill in the scratches. For hardwood floors, rub out small scratches with steel wool or fine sandpaper followed by mineral spirits, wood filler, and polyurethane.

  • Absorb Odors With Charcoal!

          Charcoal pulls moisture and odors out of the air. You can get inconspicuous little bags of it to hang in places your pets love most. Or, just strategically stash some charcoal briquettes around the house. Just be sure to get the ones that aren’t presoaked with lighter fluid.

  • Spot Clean Furniture Daily!

          If you’re like many pet owners, trying to keep your dog off the couch completely isn’t worth the effort. Instead, cover your freshly cleaned furniture with throws or pet covers, and wash them at least once a week. Vacuum rugs and carpets every day. Pet smells sink in fast. For quick hair removal before a showing, wipe down the couch with rubber gloves. The hair comes right off.

  • Get A Sniff Test!

          You’ve scrubbed everything, and you think your house smells like a dog has never set foot in the door. Get a second opinion as to whether the odors are gone.


Kathryn Gorham / Green Key Realty / Emerald Isle, North Carolina / www.HomesEmeraldIsle.com

2010 President Women’s Council of REALTORS® Crystal Coast Chapter
pld28594@hotmail.com cell · 252.354.2958 office
Southern Outer Banks NC | Crystal Coast NC | Coastal Carolina
 

FREE alerts of HOT properties in Emerald Isle NC HOT properties Emerald Isle NC, Kathryn Gorham

Copyright © 2017 by Kathryn Gorham, All Rights Reserved. Permission granted to re-blog or re-print with the stipulations that you do not alter the original content and that you provide a link back to this article in the re-blog or re-print. First printed at http://homesemeraldisle.com/blog/ this article…Supper club of Emerald Isle NC is hosting a Toys for tots & story time

NEW LISTING ALERT! 208 Villagers Way – Swansboro NC

208 Villagers Way – Swansboro NC

Acquire this modern version of a historic downtown Swansboro style home. Custom built new construction in the classic coastal style. Topped with a metal roof. This quality home was designed by the prestigious SC firm, Alison Ramsey Architects. Village atmosphere w/future green space & light commercial create a top notch community in an incredible location. Best of both worlds. Live in the upscale village & golf cart into historic downtown (see attached easement). So many remarkable features like 10′ ceilings, repurposed cypress fireplace mantle, granite tops in kitchen & baths & beautiful tile shower just to tantalize you. Contact us today to get the amazing features sheet for this gem. Lives like a ranch + expanded living upstairs. Space for future double garage.

Kathryn Gorham / Green Key Realty / Emerald Isle, North Carolina / www.HomesEmeraldIsle.com

2010 President Women’s Council of REALTORS® Crystal Coast Chapter
pld28594@hotmail.com cell · 252.354.2958 office
Southern Outer Banks NC | Crystal Coast NC | Coastal Carolina
 

FREE alerts of HOT properties in Emerald Isle NC HOT properties Emerald Isle NC, Kathryn Gorham

Copyright © 2019 by Kathryn Gorham, All Rights Reserved. Permission granted to re-blog or re-print with the stipulations that you do not alter the original content and that you provide a link back to this article in the re-blog or re-print. First printed at http://homesemeraldisle.com/blog/ this article…New Listing Alert! 208 Villagers Way – Swansboro NC

Supper Club of Emerald Isle

 Thursday, February 21, 2019
 6:30 PM
 8:00 PM
 Monthly until 11/13/2019
 

Supper Club of Emerald Isle will eat dinner out this month – location of restaurant to be announced!

All Emerald Isle people and guests are welcome to take a break from routine & to participate in one or more, even all pot luck events. If you are interested in being on the Supper Club emailing list please email jbsatty46@gmail.comTula Satterfield. You can also Phone Mary Leohner, 252-354-6079. 

2010 President Women’s Council of REALTORS® Crystal Coast Chapter
pld28594@hotmail.com cell · 252.354.2958 office
Southern Outer Banks NC | Crystal Coast NC | Coastal Carolina
 

FREE alerts of HOT properties in Emerald Isle NC HOT properties Emerald Isle NC, Kathryn Gorham

Copyright © 2017 by Kathryn Gorham, All Rights Reserved. Permission granted to re-blog or re-print with the stipulations that you do not alter the original content and that you provide a link back to this article in the re-blog or re-print. First printed at http://homesemeraldisle.com/blog/ this article…Supper club of Emerald Isle NC is hosting a Toys for tots & story time

NEW LISTING ALERT! 8624 Ocean View Drive – Emerald Isle NC

8624 Ocean View Drive – Emerald Isle NC 28594

Another great ocean view home brought to you by Green Key Realty GreenKey.NC@gmail.com. This gem has been polished to perfection. Second row to the ocean with reverse floorplan sporting abundant views from living level and decks. Furnished and tastefully decorated. PLUS in ground heated pool! Granite in kitchen. Trestle table with benches in dining room. Beautifully finished hardwoods in the living area. Large open floor plan with new striped sectional. New Luxury vinyl throughout remainder. New TVs. FIVE bedrooms and 4 full baths! Lower level great space for children and teens to do their own thing. Ocean front like luxury without oceanfront taxes and no flood insurance required. Ideal location. Walk to town or dinner or the movies. Fantastic investment or second home. So many outdoor decks and pool area to expand living space for large gatherings. Contact Green Key today for your copy of the features sheet for all the upgrades too numerous to list. GreenKey.NC@gmail.com 252-354-7007 office. We’d love to show this home to you. When is a good time?

\
2010 President Women’s Council of REALTORS® Crystal Coast Chapter
pld28594@hotmail.com cell · 252.354.2958 office
Southern Outer Banks NC | Crystal Coast NC | Coastal Carolina
 

FREE alerts of HOT properties in Emerald Isle NC HOT properties Emerald Isle NC, Kathryn Gorham

Copyright © 2019 by Kathryn Gorham, All Rights Reserved. Permission granted to re-blog or re-print with the stipulations that you do not alter the original content and that you provide a link back to this article in the re-blog or re-print. First printed at http://homesemeraldisle.com/blog/ this article…New Listing Alert! 8624 Ocean View Drive – Emerald Isle