Performing maintenance, making repairs, and completing upgrades are important things to do when you’re selling your home. By doing these tasks before you list you’re increasing your chances of selling quickly for a good price. We also understand how tempting it may be to take on some of these projects yourself to save time and money. But some DIYs can derail your sale. These are the do-it-yourself projects you should avoid when you’re preparing to sell your home.
Making open shelves in the kitchen
Kitchens can make or break a sale. If your kitchen is a little dated, then you may be tempted to remove your cabinet doors or install open shelves. While this can certainly help make your kitchen more aesthetically pleasing, it isn’t practical. Most buyers will be put off by open shelves in the kitchen, making this a DIY to avoid.
Wallpaper has made a big comeback in the last few years. But resist the temptation to add wallpaper when you’re preparing to sell your home. Wallpapering can be a big job, and it’s easy to mess it up. You’re also making a big visual statement with wallpaper and not all buyers will like your choice. You don’t want buyers thinking they’ll have to replace that wallpaper as soon as they move in.
Refinishing the floor
Do the hardwood floors in your home look tired and dated? While we understand you want them to look as beautiful as possible when you sell, you should avoid trying to refinish them yourself. This job requires the use of heavy-duty machinery and loads of time. Likewise, you should not attempt to install wall-to-wall carpeting on your own. It is also a labor-intensive job that is best suited for a professional.
Repairing the roof
Buyers are going to be checking out your home’s roof when touring the property. Roof repairs can be costly, and most buyers will want to avoid this expense if possible. But don’t be tempted to make roof repairs yourself. Fixing the roof can be extremely dangerous. And if you don’t make the repairs correctly, it can bring up red flags during your home inspection. Leave this task to the pros.
Repairing cracks in drywall
Repainting your walls in a neutral color is always a good idea when it comes time to sell. But if your drywall has any major issues, such as cracks or holes, you should resist the temptation to fix these problems yourself. It takes quite a bit of skill to refinish the surface of the drywall, and if you attempt this job yourself with no previous experience you likely won’t be happy with the results. Hire someone with the right skills to do this job instead.
Installing a dishwasher
While it may seem like your house will be more appealing to potential buyers if you add a dishwasher, do not attempt to install it yourself. Adding water and drain lines can be challenging, and the chances are high that you could make a costly mistake. If you have your heart set on putting in a dishwasher, then hire a professional to do the job.