Is That a Problem?

Posted on Monday, April 13th, 2009 at 4:41pm.

There are so many tips about fixing up your home before you put it on the market.  You can go as far as hiring a designer to come in and “stage” your house, or have a new front garden installed to increase its curb appeal.  With families centered around the kitchen, any new appliances or cabinet door fronts are a welcome addition to a tired format.  All this costs money, but surveys have shown that some of this is a wise investment, because your home is more attractive and can command a higher price.

One thing that often gets overlooked is cracks.  Cracks can mean a lot of things, and can make people anxious about the condition of the home.  A house can look fresh and newly painted, but if cracks-even very small ones- are showing up in the floors, on the walls, around the edge of the bathtub, etc. an alarm will go off with potential buyers.  They may not even mention it to their agent.  They will just walk away making assumptions that may not be valid.  

Go through your home and see it the way an outsider would look at it.  You are used to the cracks, but others are not.  Determine if there are structural issues that need to be addressed and disclosed.  If not, start repairing these problem areas.  Use care and good workmanship.  It will pay off with your potential buyers.  

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