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8 Important Repairs to Make Before Selling Your House

In 2021, approximately 6.12 million homes sold in the United States. This large number is the highest amount of homes sold since 2006. 

However, many sellers are often tasked with making repairs before listing their homes. 

These repairs will ensure your home is sold quickly and you get the best offer possible. 

Continue reading to learn about eight important home repairs to make before selling your house

1. Plumbing

Plumbing is one of the most common repairs that homeowners run into. Throughout the years, your plumbing system can weaken due to everyday use. As it weakens, problems like leaks, clogs, burst pipes, etc., can arise. 

Many buyers will require an inspection to check plumbing before purchase. Therefore, you'll need to ensure that it is in good working condition before placing your home on the real estate market. Your home may not sell due to these issues if they are not resolved. 

These repairs can be expensive, depending on the problem within the system. Always set a budget for any repairs you may need to fix. 


Your HVAC system heats and cools your home throughout the years. Maintenance is often needed each season to ensure it works properly and efficiently. However, many homeowners fail to maintain their systems, leading to more significant problems. 

Before selling your home, you should contact your local HVAC company to perform a system check. They will identify any issues and service them accordingly. These companies will also prepare your system for the upcoming seasons. 

Common issues HVAC systems have are usually minor and aren't very expensive. However, should your whole system need to be replaced, it could cost up to $10,000.  

3. Roof

Roofs protect from storms, wind, debris, etc. These roofs take the brunt of the damage in each of these scenarios. Therefore, it's not uncommon for them to need repairs. 

Your home's roof will be included in the inspection before selling. They will look for leaks, soft spots, missing shingles, etc. Inspectors will also consider the roof's age and recommend a complete replacement if it is too old. 

A complete roof replacement can cost around $10,000, depending on the materials used. More minor repairs like leaks or missing shingles can be repaired for a much lower cost. 

4. Foundation 

A foundation is an essential structure of a house. This foundation supports everything above ground and provides a sturdy infrastructure. Issues with the foundation can weaken your entire home. 

You must fix foundation issues immediately to prevent your home from shifting. If shifting occurs, more problems will arise, like cracked walls, broken flooring, or erosion. The sooner you take care of foundation issues, the better. 

Hire a contractor to take a look at the foundation's problem. They will identify the issue and explain the best method to fix it. 

5. Electrical

Dealing with electrical problems is a burden no new homeowner wants to deal with. Many potential buyers will pass on homes with electrical issues to avoid the headache. It would be wise to hire an electrician to test the system to ensure everything is working correctly. 

They will run tests throughout the home to ensure there are no fire hazards and everything is in good working condition. Electricians will make the necessary repairs and ensure all requirements are met. 

Never attempt to do electrical work on your own if you are inexperienced. You could harm yourself or the home without the proper knowledge. Always hire experts for anything you're unsure about.  

6. Appliances

Many sellers advertise their homes with appliances to get better offers. Often, buyers will also pay more money for these appliances since they won't have to outfit the house themselves. These appliances include washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, ovens, etc. 

As a seller, it's your choice to replace all appliances with new ones or clean up the ones currently in the home. Should you decide to keep the current ones, you'll want to service each appliance. This maintenance usually includes changing filters, heating elements, and deep cleaning. 

Any appliances that aren't working should be fixed before you sell. Hiring a handyman or appliance company can get most issues resolved quickly. 

7. Flooring 

Flooring is one of the most common quick home repairs. Usually, when flooring needs repairs, you can fix the damaged areas. An entire flooring replacement is rarely required unless there is significant damage. 

Your floors are prone to wear and tear as they are walked on each day. Issues like cracking, lifting, or stains can occur depending on the material. These repairs are inexpensive and quick, making them easy to do before selling. 

8. Paint

Paint repair is another cheap home repair that can elevate the look of your interior and exterior. You can also make these repairs on your own to avoid hiring contractors. Doing so will save you money and shouldn't take too long to accomplish. 

Start by making sure your paint matches perfectly before you begin touching up any smudges, chips, or stains. If you cannot find a perfect match, you may want to consider repainting the entire area. Repainting will ensure everything looks professional without blotches of different shades. 

Home Repairs to Make Before Selling

These home repairs will ensure your home is ready to sell quickly! Hopefully, these repairs elevate your home and get lots of interest from buyers. 

Don't forget to contact us today so we can help you get the best price for your home! We will take the best care of you here at Steele San Diego Homes! 

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