Potential homebuyers most often want to move into a home that is “move-in ready,” meaning that they won’t have to do many (or any) repairs themselves. They want the previous homeowner to complete any pre-listing repairs before putting their Rockaway, NJ, home on the market. As younger people begin buying homes, the majority are looking for homes that they won’t have to sink much time, energy, and costs into to make it their ideal living space.
If you’re considering selling your home and know it could use some repairs before placing it on the market, you can be sure potential homebuyers will want to know what’s been updated and what needs fixing.
But before you begin making each repair you assume needs to be made, it’s important to take the time to consider which repairs are essential and which ones may be worth passing off to the next owner. Whichever you choose, Team Contractors can help you with the repairs you need before moving to your new home. Here’s what to consider when weighing those repairs.
Essential and Preferential Pre-Listing Repairs
There’s no hardline between completely essential and preferential repairs, and it’s ultimately up to you as the homeowner to decide what gets repaired and what doesn’t. But you don’t have to make the decision alone. Read up online about what potential homeowners are willing or unwilling to repair once they’ve bought their new home. Also, reach out to us to begin your consultation to help determine which repairs can wait and which ones probably can’t.
When it comes to essential repairs, ask yourself this: if I were buying this house, would I want to fix this myself? This puts you in the shoes of the potential next buyer—and it’s also a question you may face when you begin looking for a new home.
Additionally, ask yourself which repairs are not only going to be expensive but also a pretty big headache, especially if left unattended for long. Consider a kitchen remodeling project for a kitchen that’s in need of not only a cosmetic upgrade, but some advances in its structural integrity. You know it’s going to be a massive undertaking, and will cost a significant sum out of pocket. Is it worth footing that bill and attracting buyers who may be more willing to pay top dollar for a house in great condition? Or is it wiser to gamble on whether or not you can adjust the overall listing price and hope someone will take you up on the offer and fix it themselves?
Also ask yourself another question: if I make the repairs myself, how will that impact my ability to make any potential repairs to my next home? This question may not apply to everyone, as not every homebuyer will need to make repairs. But again, you’ll need to weigh whether or not your upfront investment will help you sell your home for more, or if it’s worth risking turning off other homebuyers with imperfect conditions.
Rely on Team Contractors for Your Repair and Remodeling Needs
We know that deciding to sell your home is a huge decision—and so is determining the repairs that come with selling your home. We can help you determine and price any pre-listing repairs before you sell your Rockaway, NJ, area home. Reach out to us today for your free consultation.