Michael Samuels provides legal services to FSBO and other real estate clients in Cincinnati and throughout Ohio.

3 quick fixes for homeowners selling their properties themselves

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2023 | FSBO

When you are trying to sell your home on your own, you may be tempted to offload it as quickly as possible. In some cases, that may be a priority. But before you put your home on the market as-is, consider some cosmetic fixes and minor upgrades that can help you net a larger profit.

After all, owners who sell their properties without involving real estate agents don’t have to factor in the agent’s commissions into the price. The following fixes could significantly increase your profit margin.

Replace electrical faceplates and cabinetry hardware

Over time, the electrical outlet covers in older homes can crack or start looking yellow and dingy. This is an inexpensive way to freshen the appearance of your walls and brighten the room. Once you’ve got new ones in place, update the hardware on drawer pulls and kitchen cabinets. You may also want to upgrade your home’s doorknobs and cover the scratch marks on doors from animals with brass plates.

Repaint rooms and repair cracks

It’s also relatively cheap and easy to use putty to fill in cracks on walls and then repaint them in neutral shades. Not only does that revivify a room, but using lighter shades of paint tends to make rooms appear larger.

Upgrade appliances

Yes, you’ll be spending more on this one, but buyers like the idea of moving into a home with new appliances still under warranty as opposed to settling for a 15-year-old fridge or a leaky washing machine. The cash invested on this upgrade will be returned to you at closing.

Finally, make sure that you understand all the legal requirements of home sellers here in Ohio so that you don’t face any disputes later from the buyers. Experienced guidance can help.