If you’re thinking of selling your home, those repairs and work that needs to be done may haunt you in your dreams. It could be a cracked tile, a leaky faucet, or a light switch that doesn’t work.
Is it a good idea to get these maintenance issues dealt with before you list? Generally, yes. You want your home to show well, and you don’t want to have to deal with these things after a home inspection, when both buyers and sellers can get emotional and heated as the deal is almost done. Especially if you are able to do the repairs yourself, and it’s just a matter of time and maybe some replacement parts.
However, there may be circumstances in which you need to list before repairs and other improvements are completed. For example, if you need to sell within the next few weeks, you may simply not have enough time. In that case, there are a couple of options. Either you can arrange for the work to be done and let buyers know that it’s been scheduled; or, you can let buyers know about the issues and let them know you’re selling as is. And if you are selling in a hot seller’s market – odds are good the buyer will not care. But in real estate: you just never know.