If you're getting ready to put your home on the market for sale, it's time to make all those repairs that have been simmering on the back burner.  When buyers come looking, they want things in tip-top shape, otherwise they think you have not been taking care of the property.

 

Here are your 10 MUST-DO repairs before putting your home on the market:

 

REPAIR THE ROOF:  Maintaining a sound roof literally tops the list of crucial home repairs.  Replace missing shingles and FIX DAMAGED SHINGLES.

 

CLEAN, CLEAR, AND CAULK GUTTERS:  When the weather is dry, get on a ladder and clean out all the leaves and debris from the gutters.  Check their condition, repair any loose sections and caulk around the end caps.

 

FIX SAGGING SCREEN DOORS AND OTHER FRONT-OF-THE-HOME PROBLEMS:  This is what the buyer sees first, therefore, these are must-do repairs.  Approach your home as a potential buyer and see it through his or her eyes.  Fix everything that looks shabby.

 

PATCH NAIL HOLES:  Walk through all the rooms, and fill in all nail holes with lightweight putty.  Wait for it to dry, then paint the walls.

 

ELIMINATE ODORS:  The last things buyers want to smell are mold, a cat box and smoke in the house.  Using scented candles and plug-in room fresheners just smells of cover-up.  Deep clean bathrooms with bleach.  Wash walls with ammonia-type cleaners.  Paint with Kiltz primer to seal cigarette smote in and on walls.  Then cover with a fresh coat of paint.

 

REPAIR OR REPLACE DEMAGED FLOORING:  If you have vinyl flooring, check for holes, tears and discloring.  Get a professional to replace flooring if necesdsary.

 

RESEAL THE TOILET:  If the toilet rocks when you sit down on it, the seal needs to be replaced.  You do not have to call in a professional to do this; just make sure you have a friend handy who can help you lift it.

 

YOU WILL BE HOUSE PROUD WHEN YOUR HOME COMES ON THE MARKET AND SELLS QUICKLY BECAUSE YOU WERE A DILIGENT HOMEOWNER.