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Repair these items before you sell


When you’re getting ready to list, look at your home from a prospective buyer's point of view. It’s important to show your house in the best light. Taking time to highlight your home's strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells and how much money you make.


Here are our recommended repairs to make before selling your East Valley home.



Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. 

  • Check your front door's hardware. Is it polished and in good shape? If not replace it! A fresh coat of paint will make a nice and clean impression.
  • Fix that leaky faucet.
  • Clean and repair rusted drains
  • Tighten loose cabinet knobs
  • Oil squeaky hinges
  • Use Watco rejuvenating oil to restore worn or scratched wood.
  • Replace burnt out light bulbs. Have light bulbs match.
  • Unclog sinks/straps
  • Replace your worn-out welcome mat.
  • Remove or cover your torn upholstered chair or sofa. Buyers question the shape of the house when the furniture is not cared for.
  • Touch up paint on trim, moldings, and baseboard.
  • Replace worn blinds
  • Patch drywall
  • Black edges on your mirror? Frames are an easy, cost-effective fix for an instant bathroom mirror makeover.
  • Replace bathroom vanity.
  • Shampoo carpets. If your carpet is worn or stained, toss it out and consider replacing them.
  • Add a new house number (as needed)

Check out this blog from Family Handyman to find step by step instruction if you are going to DIY minor repairs.

Repaint walls.

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure to cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.

Repair floors.

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas.  And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Have your tiles and grout deep cleaned. Add a bead of fresh caulk around your bathtub. Re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new!

Eliminate pests

Improve your kitchen (minor)

Update cabinet fronts and drawers, change their hardware. Install a new backsplash. Resurface countertops with a quality laminate finish, install new lighting, replace the faucet. 



Remodelling Magazine's 2019 Cost vs Value Report (Phoenix) reveals that a high-end Garage door replacement gives the biggest ROI. Manufactured stone veneers, siding replacement, backyard patio, a minor kitchen remodel round out the list of top 5 home improvement projects that give the best return on investment.

If there are major repairs you've been putting off - like replacing the roof, discuss this with your agent.

An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. Installing new cabinetry, replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment.



Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside as well as the in. Clean walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim hedges and trees, install outdoor décor pieces and fill in mulch and gravel.



The typical Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek home buyer will put most of their savings into the downpayment and other fees and charges that come with the home purchase. Very little or no money is set aside for improvements. A buyer will most likely choose a move-in ready home that is in a good condition vs one that needs fixing.

An experienced realtor will know several easy and inexpensive things to make your SE Valley home attractive to buyers. If you are in the market for selling your southeast Valley home, we can help advise which renovations will give the most bang for your buck. Email info@thebartongroupaz.com or call Tina Barton at 480.242.3079.