Selling Your Home: Make a Checklist of Quick Repairs

Selling Your Home: Make a Checklist of Quick Repairs

ORLANDO, Fla. — When prospective buyers tour a home, they like to look at all the details and “test drive” the features.  Of course, if there’s one faucet that doesn’t work, that’s the one they’ll turn. If there’s one torn screen, that’s the one they’ll notice.

“Perception is reality. If someone sees a crooked chandelier or a light bulb that’s out, they may think it’s broken and cannot be repaired. This can taint the overall image of the property,” says Realtor® Mark Palace, founder and CEO of Palace Properties International Inc. in Satellite Beach, Fla.

Making a checklist is the easiest way to make sure your home is in top condition and ready to be inspected by buyers. Here is a list of 40 things that Palace and other Florida real estate experts suggest you review and fix before putting your home on the market.

  • Doorbell
  • Keys work easily in locks
  • Dead-bolt locks are aligned correctly so they are easy to open and close
  • Home security system
  • Security pad
  • Garage door openers operate, both handhelds and built-ins
  • Screens and window frames are clean
  • Windows open easily
  • Interior and exterior doors open and close quietly, without squeaking
  • Pocket doors and sliding doors move easily in their tracks
  • All interior light bulbs, switches and fixtures
  • Porch lights, carriage lights, security lights
  • Pool, spa and patio lights
  • Oven light and timer
  • Oven clock shows correct time
  • Built-in microwave shows correct time and operates
  • Garbage disposal operates and smells fresh
  • Trash compactor
  • Range hood light and exhaust fan
  • Bottom of oven is clean
  • Oven racks are clean and broiler works
  • Dishwasher operates, silverware basket in place
  •  Refrigerator door light
  • Gaskets on refrigerator and freezer
  • Smoke detectors
  • Air-conditioner/furnace/heater/heater thermostat, operation, coolant leakage, condensation, duct leaks
  • Ceiling fans operate smoothly and quietly
  • Bathroom vent fans
  • All faucets operate easily
  • Leaking faucets (an inexpensive washer could fix a leak)
  • Toilets flush smoothly, fully
  • Drainage in sinks, showers and tubs
  • Pool pump and filter
  • Pool vacuum
  • Underwater jets in pool/spa
  • Outdoor faucets/hose connections
  • Indoor intercoms
  • Patio/outdoor intercoms, speakers
  • Carpet and flooring is clean and crack-free

Your Realtor® can help you prepare this checklist and make suggestions for any repairs. Some fixes are easy and you can do them yourself. Others may require a professional. Either way, that attention to detail can make a real difference in the sale of your home.

Florida Realtors®, formerly known as the Florida Association of Realtors®, serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 118,000 members in 63 boards/associations.

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