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Ten Things You Must Repair Before Selling Your Home In Springfield MO

Ten Things You Must Repair Before Selling Your Home In Springfield MO

If you are thinking about selling your a in Springfield MO, here are a few items that you need to address before listing. Buyers won't put up with these issues and if they do, you it will cost you more in negotiations than fixing them upfront.

1. Light switches or fixtures that don't work properly. If there's a switch, it should do something. There should be a working light bulb so that people can see it in action. Don't leave any questions about the integrity of your electrical system and make sure all fixtures work properly and safely.

2. Things that wiggle, shimmy, shake or teeter. While you may know where to grab the basement handrail so it doesn't wiggle, buyers won't and inspectors will be sure to notice and list the item in the report. So walk through the house as if you are a buyer, note any items that need securing and fix them right away.

3. Anything that takes "magic" to operate. If there is an item in your home that requires a "magic touch" to properly operate, chances are it's something that should be on your list of necessary repairs. People who walk through your home will expect every item to work the way it's supposed to--without jiggling, banging, jerking, or secret combinations of lifting, turning and shoving. (This includes stuck windows and doors).

4. Sinks or showers that don't drain efficiently. We get used to sinks or showers that don't drain well, but this is a symptom of an issue. It's time to remove the stopper, remove clogs, and if necessary, snake drains.

5. Leaks, drips, or water stains. Buyers don’t want to see any little brown spots, no matter how small or old the stains are. If you have water anywhere where it shouldn't be, it's time to take care of it and repair the damage it left behind.

6. Loss of pressure in the shower. Do you have low pressure in your shower or do you lose pressure if anyone else in your house so much as thinks about using another fixture? This may seem like a minor nuisance, but your buyers probably won't think so. Start by checking for a clogged shower head or a shower shut-off valve that has been inadvertently knocked partially closed. If that doesn't work, have a plumber evaluate the system to determine what and where the problems are.

7. Moist or musty basements. The first thing buyers think when they smell a musty basement is water problems. So take an assessment of your basement: why does it smell musty? Do you need a dehumidifier? Do your walls need to be sealed? Is a basement professional necessary for water penetration issues? It's better to address this now, rather than later. A musty smell is something that could instantly turn-off potential buyers.

8. Fireplaces that don't work. It's a great idea to make sure that your fireplace is in tip-top shape when you are selling. Fireplaces are features that draw buyers, but they can also bring worry if there is any uncertainty about its condition, especially for a buyer who has never had one before.

9. Uneven sidewalks. Can you say tripping hazard? Now can you say it five times fast while a stranger walks up your path for the first time with a baby in her arms? Anyone visiting your house should be able to safely navigate your walkways without risking bodily harm. So if that's not the case at your place, fix it, and fix it fast--you're about to have a lot of foot traffic!

10. Toilets that run or need special instructions to flush properly. I'm sure all of us have been to someone's home and witnessed first-hand a toilet that doesn't operate as expected--or you are laughing to yourself right now because you have one of these trick toilets. Toilets are a great invention, but they're also pretty simple--one of the easiest items around the home to fix. Address any issues right away so they don't end up being another question on the mind of a buyer.

When you get ready to sell a home in Springfield MO, you have a lot of competition out there. Your home needs to show its best and be marketed properly to sell. You do your part and we'll do ours! For more information just give us a call.

About The Authors:  Betty Knowles is a full-time REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Vanguard REALTORS® in Springfield, MO and proudly serves on the board of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®.  She also served as President of Women’s Council Of REALTORS® in Southwest Missouri.  Betty’s genuine passion is helping people buy and sell homes in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, and surrounding communities.  

John Knowles is likewise a full-time REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Vanguard and a member of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®. A self-proclaimed computer geek, John is talented at developing real estate websites, videos, photography, blogs, search engine optimization and other technical skills essential to marketing and selling real estate in Springfield MO.

Together this dynamic team makes up TeamKnowles REALTORS®, Spouses Selling Houses!  They are dedicated to doing what it takes to sell your home in the greater Springfield real estate market, or help you purchase a home that fits your particular needs. Give TeamKnowles a call today; you’ll be glad you did!

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Comment balloon 4 commentsBetty Knowles • August 18 2011 10:09PM


B&J.  A good run down on must fix items before listing.  I know there are many more, sellers need to know this stuff in they dont already. 

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 7 years ago

One of our biggies is GFCI outlets near water. 

Posted by Tammy Anderson, Owens, Broker/Owner ("The Gateway Home Team" of RE/MAX Alliance) over 7 years ago

All are small "fixes" that will add up in a potential buyers mind.....fix them BEFORE the home hits the market is a must!  GREAT "fix it" list!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) over 7 years ago

great advice.  I already have too many magic operating things in my home

Posted by Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake, (Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH) over 7 years ago