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Increase Your Homes Value With These Easy Repairs

Updated on April 23, 2016

The easiest way to ensure a quick sale is to make your home as appealing as possible, and that means minimizing the amount of repair and redecorating work that the prospective buyer will have to do when they move in. Common trouble spots include jobs such as shower tray repair, counter re-surfacing, ceramic sink repair, and window replacement.

Making improvements in these areas is much easier, and generally more effective, than making massive renovations such as getting an extension built or paying for double glazing or a new boiler. These small, cosmetic improvements will usually be appreciated by would-be buyers, and there's a good chance that you will recoup the money you paid for the improvements once your house goes on the market.

Repair, Don't Replace

If you have any chipped or damaged bathroom fixtures, that’s a big trouble spot for many buyers. You might not think of them as being important, but your buyer will notice even the smallest cracks and chips. To them, they are a breeding ground for bacteria, a magnet for injury, and a potential source of leaks and damp. If you can fix or replace any chipped or damaged fixtures, you’ll be much better off.

If your bathroom includes antique fittings, then replacing the fixtures would be an expensive proposition. You can save a lot of time and money by investing in ceramic sink repair. The same is true for shower tray repair, which can stop a lot of potential problems in their tracks.

As well as shower tray repair and ceramic sink repair, there are other jobs that can increase your home’s value. If your fitted kitchen is looking a little shabby, then instead of ripping out all of the cupboards and counter tops, you could get them re-surfaced. This should be a faster and less disruptive job than a full replacement.

Other simple but effective repairs that can help your home to stand out in the competitive housing market include:

  1. Clear and fix your gutters: Clogged, loose, or damaged gutters aren’t just unsightly, they could cause a lot of damage to your home.
  2. Paint or replace the skirting boards: If you have pets, they could well have clawed or scratched at your living room skirting boards, and they won’t be a pretty sight! Clean them up, and fill in any minor holes. If the damage is serious, replace them.
  3. Spruce up your floor tiles: If your bathroom flooring is coming loose, or has become discoloured in places, then clean it up and re-do the loose parts. You probably have some spare tiles from the first time around, so it should be an easy job.
  4. Reseal the toilet: If the nuts holding the toilet to the floor are looking a little corroded, it may be time to re-seal the toilet. Just make sure you shut the water off first!
  5. Fix leaky faucets: For traditional taps, this is an easy job. If you have a single-arm faucet for hot and cold water, then you might find it easier to replace the whole tap.

Pristine countertops make this kitchen more appealing.
Pristine countertops make this kitchen more appealing. | Source

DIY Isn't Always The Answer

Some jobs, such as shower tray repair, are best left to professionals. You can get ceramic sink repair kits which you can use to conduct repairs yourself, but if your shower tray repair job goes wrong, you could end up with a leak that will cause more damage than the original problem. If in doubt, call someone out. It will be worth the expense to prevent any DIY disasters in the long run.

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