3 Fixes Before Selling Your Home

3 Fixes Before Selling Your Home

Are you planning to sell your home in the near future? You probably have people coming out the woodwork telling you how to make your home more attractive to buyers. Paint the walls! Fluff the pillows! These are never bad ideas, but these surface things don’t mean much if the structure of your home is not in good condition. Make sure these three facets are in good condition and you’ll be more likely to sell your home at the desired asking price:

Fix Foundation Cracks

Foundations cracks are very obvious and can be noticed by potential home buyers on their first walk-through of the property, nevermind during a home inspection. Especially in the rainy spring months, water can seep through these cracks into your basement, causing water damage and mould growth. This damage and growth isn’t just unsightly, it can actually harm the health of residents. Your entire home rests on the foundation, and these cracks can also cause cracking and shifting throughout the entire house – floors, walls, doors, windows. When it comes to foundation repair Ottawa home sellers should always act fast so they don’t hurt the value of their home.

Fix Downspouts and Gutters

Gutters and downspouts play an important role in keeping your home dry and safe from water damage and mould growth. Together, gutters and downspouts take falling rainwater and make sure it is directed away from the foundation of your home. Take a quick look to see if your gutters and downspouts are broken, bent, clogged with leaves, or missing altogether. It’s easy for cheap gutters to get damaged in big storms or over the winter. Downspouts can also be damaged by weather, snow piles, or animals. If you are selling your home, call in the experts to repair or replace all your gutters and downspouts so your home is kept dry. Plus, brand new gutters and downspouts will look much better and add to the curb appeal of your home.

Fix Wet Basement Problems

If you’re trying to compete with homes down the street that have beautiful finished basements, having a musty damp basement simply won’t cut it. Potential home buyers will just move onto the next house rather than take on your problem. You need to tackle any wet basement problems as soon as possible. Not only is it important for your own health and safety, but you’ll improve the value of your home. Choose a company that offers a transferrable lifetime warranty on your wet basement repair. This way, the new home buyers will enjoy the security knowing the house will never again have a wet basement problem.

Surface fixes are important if you want to sell your home for the best price. But these foundation, gutter, and basement repairs should be a priority so you can increase the value of your home.


Born and raised in Ottawa, Ann is a writer and amateur wine expert. She loves trying out the latest pubs and restaurants around town, unless "The Bachelor" is on. Don't bug her when "The Bachelor" is on.

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