10 Reasons To Hire A Handyman When Preparing Your Property For Sale

If you’re looking to sell your home, you’ll no doubt want to get the very best price possible. While your agent is looking for the perfect buyer, there are things you could be doing to your property to attract buyers and increase the value of your home, such as calling a handyman.  Handyman Homes are experts in property maintenance, and we’re here to help you spruce up your home to get you the best sale price. So, why hire a handyman in the first place?

Why should I hire a handyman?

Most buyers want to buy a move-in-ready house. This means that the house should be in the best shape possible.

All the repairs should be done before the house is listed and all the renovations should be completed before the buyers move in. Apart from bigger repairs like these, everyday maintenance is just as important. Not only does it help to keep your house in great condition but it also increases the value of your home.

A handyman can help with all of the above. Whether you need to retile the bathroom or install a small fixture, a professional handyman is equipped for the job. Handymen can offer a wide variety of services like electrical work, plumbing, carpentry, or laying carpets. They might also find areas in your home that are in desperate need of repair without you knowing.

Having a handyman complete the work before you sell, minimises the risk of buyers negotiating a lower price because your house will be in tip-top shape. 

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1. Touch Up The Paint

Whether it’s interior or exterior, a fresh coat of paint has the potential to make your property appear brighter and newer. While it can be tempting just to paint the place yourself, if you’re looking to get the best price for your home, you’ll want to hire a professional to help you out. The Handyman Homes team comprises professional handymen with experience in a massive range of jobs, so you can rest assured your property is getting the best paint job possible.

A Handyman Homes Tip: When choosing a colour for your paint jobs, pick something future-proof and neutral. This allows buyers to visualise their furniture in the property and calling the space home.

2. Improve The Curb Appeal

The very first thing people see when they arrive at a house inspection is the outside of the property. No matter how beautiful the inside might be, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, so make sure the outside of your property looks incredible. When you hire Handyman Homes, we can take care of everything from fixing the fence and cleaning the gutters to re-staining the front porch. No matter what you need, the Handyman Homes team can help.

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3. Change the Taps and Shower Heads

You would be surprised at how much of an impact new taps and shower heads can make on your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry. You can give the whole space a more modern, updated feel without breaking the bank. Simply give Handyman Homes a call, and we’ll take care of the rest!

A Handyman Homes Tip: Use the same material/colour/finishes across your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry to tie the rooms of your property together.

Cape Town home lighting electrical4. Fix Your Lighting

The right lighting can make such a significant difference to the overall appearance of your property. Dim lighting won’t illuminate the best features of your home, nor will it entice buyers inside. A subtle way to improve your property’s overall look is to change lightbulbs and replace light fittings where they look aged and outdated.

Any electrical work is subject to licencing and subcontractors may be engaged if our Handyman Homes team don’t have the licence to do this work.

5. Install New Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it’s the room where families spend the most time. Your kitchen must look incredible before you list your property for sale, and a straightforward way to freshen it up is to replace old cabinets. Whether you’re buying custom-made cupboards or flatpack furniture, the Handyman Homes team can remove the old cabinets and install the new ones quickly and efficiently.

A Handyman Homes Tip: If new cabinets are out of the budget, consider painting them, or replacing benchtops, tapware, cabinetry hardware, regrouting or replacing tiles. Giving the kitchen a deep clean is the easiest place to start.

Roof painting and maintenance mowbray Cape Town Handyman Homes6. Don’t Forget Your Roof!

People spend a lot of time fixing up their homes for sale, but unfortunately, the roof is often left neglected. Believe us when we say that your buyers won’t forget to check the roof, so you shouldn’t forget to make any necessary repairs.

At Handyman Homes, our handyman professionals can take care of tiling, skylights, leaks, and gutters,for your home to be ready for the sale.

7. Applying or removing wallpaper

Unless they’re house-flippers or enthusiastic DIYers, most buyers are not looking for a project to take on once they’re settled. They do not want to spend their free time fixing up a home. The more you leave unfinished, the less buyers will offer, and they will typically reduce the offer by more than it would have cost the homeowner to complete the work.

Most of the time, wallpaper is something that the buyer looks at as something that dates the house, and they consider things that are dated to be repairs. In their mind, they’re going, ka-ching, ka-ching, and taking numbers off. Nine times out of ten, they’re gonna subtract a good bit of money.

Like it or not, that wallpaper you’ve lived with for years will impact your offers. Whether we reduce the price or not, the buyer will decrease their offer. That’s the problem.

8. Adding locks to the interior or exterior doors

The whole purpose of locking doors is to protect not only yourself but also the valuables in your home. While burglars don’t necessarily target homes of high value due to the likelihood of security features, the more one spent on their average monthly rent or mortgage, the more often they locked their doors. This makes the home seem more secure and adds to the value of the house in the mind of a buyer.

9. Anchoring or installing shelves

As a general rule, when you’re selling your home, anything that’s attached or built into the house typically stays behind. For example, if your house has built-in bookshelves, you should leave those shelves for the buyer. The same is true of any fireplaces, bathroom fixtures and kitchen fixtures. So, making sure these are in a good condition and secure will add value to your home.

10. Power washing brick or siding

Power washing is the act of using pressurized water to clean dirt, algae, and other contaminants from outdoor surfaces. This will give your home an instant fresh look.

Call Handyman Homes Today

Handyman Homes is your go-to for anything property maintenance-related. No matter how big or small your job, we’ll deliver the highest quality results so you can maximise the value of your home and achieve a quick sale. You can rest assured that your property is in the very best of hands and that we’ll strive to help you get the best price for your home. Give Handyman Homes a call today – 071 319 2831.