Exterior Home Rehab: Top 9 Most Important Things To Fix Before Selling Your Home

Exterior Home Rehab: Top 9 Most Important Things To Fix Before Selling Your Home


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The exterior of any house is what everyone sees first. Over time, there are certain maintenance tasks that need to be done to keep it looking fresh.  Moreover, there will come a time when the home exterior rehab needs a little more attention – especially when you’re planning to sell your home soon.

According to a 2018 “Cost vs. Value” analysis from Remodeling Magazine, several exterior projects hold the highest payoff with regard to resale value.

Here are some projects with a high payoff ratio that you might want to consider to tackle.

1. Garage door.   Obviously, it needs to work. So do any remotes. The door should also meet all local codes and safety criteria. You may need to replace the mechanism if a coil spring is broken, or if the door features large dings or dents.

2. Exterior doors. Major dings or dents need repaired.  Hardware like door handles should be in good condition, and weather-stripping should be intact, and most homeowners can fix those issues themselves. Sliding glass doors should be properly aligned on tracks. The door leading to the garage should be fire-rated and code-compliant. You may need to call a contractor to replace doors or slide tracks.

3. Roof. The roof shouldn’t have any broken or missing tiles, shingles or ridge      caps, as these components protect your home from water damage. Replace any problem spots immediately. Cracks, bubbles, and blisters in the sealant are also common. Fix any damage to the underlayment, which is the layer underneath the roof shingles or tiles. Interior water damage can mean a roof leak, so if you see any, call a professional.

4. Eaves.  The eaves are edges of the roof that overhang the exterior wall. They consist of the fascia board, the board to which the gutters are installed, and soffits, which connect to the fascia boards. Everything should be free of water damage and rot. You may need to hire a contractor to replace some boards. Repaint any areas where the paint peels since the paint provides weather proofing and protection.

5. Drainage.  Yard drainage should slope away from the foundation. If water collects by the foundation when it rains, you may need to have a  contractor re-grade the yard or bust out concrete to fix the issue. Likewise, if the downspouts eliminate rainwater at the foundation of the house, but there’s no runoff, that’s a problem.

6. Foundation.  Your foundation, stem wall and retaining wall should be structurally sound. Hire a contractor to give you a professional opinion if you see any indicators of an unstable foundation, such as sagging floors, horizontal cracks in the foundation, and either horizontal or vertical cracks along any walls, interior or exterior.

7. Decks.  The deck or patio should be structurally sound, with code-compliant guardrails. Support columns, also known as infill spacing, should be structurally sound, as well. The deck should not have water damage or termite damage. You might apply a coat of polyurethane over the deck to prevent future water damage.

8. Landscaping.  The trees, shrubs, plants and other vegetation around the property shouldn’t interfere with the exterior of the home. For example, if your home is next to a tall oak tree and the branches are touching the roof, you’ll want to trim back those branches before they cause serious damage. Make sure no trees or shrubbery are touching the home.

9. Fencing.  Wooden fences shouldn’t have any rotting or water-damaged boards. The gate on all fences, wooden or metal, should open and close smoothly. Rust or chipped paint needs fixing, but you could do that yourself. Scrub the fence with a rust converter and a wire brush, and then prime and paint over the affected areas.

If you’ve maintained your home throughout the years, you may not face these issues. Routine preventative maintenance, such as testing the smoke alarms monthly, weatherproofing the deck every year or so, and replacing missing shingles, shortens your repair list when you decide to move.

A home is an investment, and regular maintenance — a little DIY elbow grease, a call or two to the pros on occasion — helps keep your investment strong!

If you need more info on your  home exterior rehab, talk to us – CPD Homes, LLC! We are buying houses in Cleveland, and have been helping families and homeowners since 2012.  We’ve been working with home sellers dealing with – inherited properties, divorce, behind on mortgage, major repairs needed, sudden move, or for whatever reasons why homeowners sell their homes, CPD Homes is here to help.  We buy houses in any condition and all price ranges!  So call us today to discuss your property at 216-619-4387 – or click HERE to drop in your information and we will get back to you with a CASH offer!  We are here to assist you.

 

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