Step 5: Repair Time


If you did a pre-market inspection, we will already have a list of items that need to be fixed. If you didn’t, and your dishwasher hasn’t been working for years or your AC unit has been making lots of noise, we need to know. We can have those items repaired before your home goes on the market.

It’s better to get items fixed now, before they come up in an inspection report, and potentially scare off a buyer later. We have access to affordable painters, electricians, handymen, etc., and are happy to make repair appointments. We can even be at your home to let workers in and oversee the work for you.

At a minimum, I recommend that you:

  • Touch up the paint in your home.
  • Install new caulk around every shower and tub.
  • Hire a professional HVAC company to service and clean both your AC unit and furnace.
  • Hire a professional carpet cleaning company to steam clean your carpets.
  • Make sure all light bulbs are working and that every light fixture contains the highest wattage light bulbs it can bear.
  • Have chimneys professionally swept and add a rain cap if needed.
  • If any brick is loose, have it repaired.
  • Change outdated cabinet hardware in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Replace any broken window/door panes or screens. Your local hardware store carries screening, Glass repair shops or window dealers can help with both panes and screens if you don’t want to handle repairs yourself.
  • Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are functioning properly.
  • Make sure downspouts aren’t improperly sloped or damaged in single-family homes. If they are damaged, replace them.
  • Repair any damaged, broken, or missing roof shingles if you own a single family home.


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