Home Sale Preparation & Curb Appeal Services

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This page identifies the most important factors that will determine:

  • How fast your home can be sold (by correcting issues that cause a delay).
  • How you can potentially increase the value for maximum return (ROI).

Stewarts Home Repair Service is here to help you achieve the maximum sale value for your home. We start by (STEP 1) identifying all functional and material defects that should be corrected. And then (STEP 2) recommend improvements and upgrades that can significantly boost your property value.

Home Sale Preparation Services in Murrieta, CA

Home Sale Preparation Services

Pre-Listing Home Inspection
Prior to putting your home on the market it is a recommended that you have your home pre-inspected to avoid any potential problems or delays in the sale of your home and to also save you time and money. The last thing you need when selling your home is to have negotiated a sale price with a buyer only to have an unexpected home inspection item that needs to be addressed prior to closing and costing you more out of pocket money.

The checklist below can help get you get started with your own evaluation of your home and prepare you for the pre-inspection. It is important to note that this is not a home inspection and should not be considered as an official home inspection but merely to be used as a reference.

Stewarts Home Repair Service can assist you by making any necessary corrections to help make the process of selling your home as fast and smooth as possible.


Identify Issues That Could Delay The Sale

Outside Yard
  • Proper Grading / Drainage
    – Does grading allow for drainage away from home?
    – Is downspout drainage directed away from home?
    – Is there any evidence of standing water?
  • Yard and Landscaping
    – Are the trees and walkways in good condition?
    – Are any tree branches touching the house?
  • Exterior Structures
    – Are fences, decks, sheds, garages, etc. in good condition with no evidence of pest infestation, fungus or rot?
    – Are railings on stairs and decks adequate, secure and meet building codes?
    – Are driveways, sidewalks, patios, entrance landings in good condition, and pitched away from home

  • Do ridge and fascia board lines appear to be straight and level?
  • Do sides of house appear to be straight, not bowed or sagging?
  • Do windows and doorframes appear to be square (especially windows)?
  • Is the foundation in good condition (appear to be straight, plumb, with no significant cracks)?

Exterior Surfaces
  • Condition of Siding – Are there any cracking, curling, loose, rotted or decayed siding?
  • Masonry Veneers – Are there any cracks in joints, broken or flaking components?
  • Stucco – Are there any large cracks?
  • Vinyl or Aluminum Siding
    – Are there any dents, damaged, bowing or loose siding panels?
    – Is there any vine growth on surface of structure?
  • Painted or Stained Surfaces – Are there any signs of flaking, peeling or blistering?
  • Are there any stains on exterior surfaces?

Windows, Doors and Trim
  • Are wood frames and trim pieces secure, with no cracks, rot or decay?
  • Are joints around window frames properly caulked or sealed?
  • Is there any broken glass (window or storm panes) or damaged screens?

  • Composition Shingles
    – Are roof shingles curling or showing loss of granulation particulate?
    – Are any shingles broken, damaged or missing?
    – Are there more than two layers of roofing?
  • Wood Shingles or Shakes
    – Is there any visible mold, rot or decaying shingles?
    – Is there any cracked, broken or missing shingles?
  • Flat Roofs
    – Are there any obvious patches, cracks or splits?
    – Are the flashings properly sealed?
  • Soffits and Fascia Are there any stains or signs of decay?
  • Exterior Venting for Eave Areas Are vents clean and not painted over?
  • Gutters
    – Do the gutters show any signs of rust or decay?
    – Are the joints attached securely to structure with no bending or sagging?
    – Are any sections of gutter or downspout missing?
    – Are the gutters clean?
  • Chimneys
    – Is the chimney properly flashed?
    – Is there any evidence of damaged bricks or cracked joints?
    – Is the mortar cement cap in good condition?

  • Are there any stains on underside of roofing, especially around roof penetrations?
  • Is there any evidence of decay or damage to structure?
  • Is there sufficient, properly installed insulation?
  • Is there adequate ventilation?
  • Is there a clear path into attic for air entering through soffit vents?
  • Is there any plumbing or exhaust vents terminating in attic?
  • Are there any open electrical splices?

Interior Rooms
  • Do the floors, walls and ceilings appear to be straight, plumb and level?
  • Are there any stains on floors, walls or ceilings?
  • Is the flooring material in good condition?
  • Are there any significant cracks in the walls or ceilings?
  • Windows
    – Are the windows and exterior doors easy to operate? Do they latch properly?
    – Is there any broken glass
    – Are any window sashes painted shut?
  • Interior Doors
    – Are doors easy to operate?
    – Do they latch properly?
    – Is there any damage or decay?
    – Is there any broken hardware?
  • Interior Walls
    – Is the paint in good condition?
    – Are the wall coverings and paneling in good condition?
    – Is the wood trim installed well and in good condition?
  • Lighting – Do all lights and switches operate properly?
  • Electrical
    – Are there an adequate number of three pronged electrical outlets in each room?
    – Do electrical outlets test properly (spot check)?
  • Heating/Cooling – Is there an adequate source of heating and cooling in each habitable room?
  • Fireplace
    – Is there any cracked or damaged masonry?
    – Is there evidence of back-drafting (staining on fireplace façade)?
    – Does the damper operate properly?
    – Has the flue been cleaned?

  • Is the exhaust fan vented to the exterior of the building?
  • Is the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter ("GFI") protection for electrical outlets within 6 feet of the sink(s)?
  • Dishwasher
    – Does the dishwasher drain properly?
    – Are there any leaks?
    – Do the baskets and door spring operates properly?
  • Are there any leaks in pipes under sinks
  • Is the floor in cabinet under sink solid, with no stains or decay?
  • Is the water flow in sink adequate?
  • Is there excessive rust or deterioration on garbage disposal or waste pipes?
  • Do built-in appliances operate properly?
  • Cabinets
    – Are the cabinets in good condition?
    – Do the doors and drawers operate properly?

  • Is the exhaust fan vented properly and working properly?
  • Is there adequate water pressure at all fixtures?
  • Do the sink, tub and shower drain properly?
  • Is the plumbing and cabinet floor under sink in good condition?
  • Do the toilets operate properly?
  • Is the toilet stable (with no rocking or stains around base)?
  • Is the caulking in good condition inside and outside of the tub and shower area?
  • Are the tub or shower tiles secure and wall surface solid?
  • Are there any stains or evidence of past leaking around base of bath or shower?

Crawl Space
  • Is the crawlspace adequately vented to exterior?
  • Is there insulation on exposed water supply, waste and vent pipes?
  • Is the insulation between crawl space and heated areas, installed with vapor barrier towards heated area?
  • Is there any evidence of insect damage?
  • Is there any evidence of moisture damage?
  • Are there any signs of mold or mildew?

  • Visible Pipes
    – Is there any damage or evidence of leaks?
    – Do the drain pipes slope down slightly toward outlet to septic or sewage system?
  • Water Heater
    – Are there any signs of rust?
    – Is there proper venting?
    – Is the capacity large enough to produce adequate quantities of hot water for the number of bedrooms in the house?

  • Visible Wiring
    Is the wiring in good condition (no exposed splices, cables secured and protected)?
  • Service Panel
    – Is there adequate capacity?
    – Are all cables attached to panel with cable connectors?

Heating Cooling System
  • Does the system operate well throughout the house (good air flow on forced hot air systems)?
  • Is there any rust around cooling unit?
  • Is there any combustion gas odor?
  • Are the air filters clean?
  • Is the ductwork in good condition?

  • Are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed (where required by local ordinances)?
  • Are the stairway treads and risers solid?
  • Are there stair handrails where needed and in good condition?
  • Does the automatic garage door opener operates properly (stopping for obstacles)?
  • Exposed Foundation
    – Are there any stains or major cracks?
    – Is there any flaking or efflorescence?
  • Visible Structural Wood
    – Is there any sagging, damage, or decay?
    – Are there any stains?
    – Is there any damage from insects?
    – Are sills attached to foundation with anchor bolts?

In order to prevent potential problems or delays in the sale of your home, it is highly recommended that issues with any of the above listed items be resolved prior to placing your home on the market.


Maximize The Value Of Your Home

Renovate the Kitchen

Doing a major kitchen renovation will substantially improve your home's resale value. It is ranked as the best home interior remodeling project for increasing a home's value by the National Association of Realtors. It typically involves installing new cabinet doors and drawer fronts, appliances and countertops, and flooring improvements.

Kitchen Remodelers in Murrieta, CA

Renovate the Bathroom

When it comes to a bathroom renovation, a little luxury can be used to your advantage. This is especially worthwhile if you're updating the master suite, since that's a key item on many buyers' wish list — the key here is to infuse as much luxury as possible without going over budget. You can boost the value of your home and pique the interest of potential buyers without spending a fortune.

Bathroom Remodelers in Murrieta, CA

Install Low-Flow Toilets

Replacing your old toilets with low-flow toilets helps move less water more forcefully into the bowl with each flush. It is economical, environmentally friendly, and highly efficient. You also get the bonus of a boost in your home's resale value.

Install Low-Flow Toilets

Install Hardwood Floors

Refinishing hardwood floors returns 100% of the price at resale according to The National Association of Realtors. New wood flooring recovers 91% of costs. Replacing rugs and carpets with hardwood is always the right decision as it is pet-friendly, durable and it increases the value of your home.

Bathroom Remodelers in Murrieta, CA

Replace Old Carpet

Depending on the house and neighborhood a new carpet may be the difference between selling the house for top dollar or having to give a significant discount.

Shabby carpet will certainly turn away potential buyers. And the ones still interested will probably use that to justify a lower offer amount.

Carpet Installers in Murrieta, CA

Repair or Replace Roof

Doing a roof replacement recoups 105% of its price at resale. Buyers will be ecstatic to move into a home with a brand new roof. It effectively relieves any doubts buyers may have about any existing roof related problems and dramatically boosts your home resale value.

Roof Repair in Murrieta, CA

Install New Vinyl Windows

Installing new vinyl windows are known to improve energy efficiency in the home by up to 42%. Vinyl windows are durable and long-lasting and are equipped with the latest safety and locking features. They will also make your home look newer, cleaner and more attractive.

Window Installers in Murrieta, CA

Replace Garage Door

Doing a garage door replacement can incredibly boost the value of your home at resale. Average garage door replacements return about 98% of your costs at resale. A quality garage door you can install is the Cambridge sectional insulated steel door with composite overlay trim.

Garage Door Installers in Murrieta, CA

Install Steel Front Door

Installing steel entry doors have proven to be another significant improvement that can help maximize the resale value of your home. Steel doors return about 91% at resale and ensure energy efficiency, low maintenance, and reliable insulation against cold. Give your home a grand entrance with a Masonite Universal Reversible Primed Steel Slab Entry Door with Insulating Core or a JELD-WEN Laurel Left-Hand Inswing Primed Steel Entry Door with Insulating Core.

Steel Door Installers in Murrieta, CA

Install New Vinyl Siding

A home's siding is also of great interest to buyers due to problems such as durability or mold. Installing or replacing your home sidings with a new fiber-cement or vinyl siding will recover approximately 79%-83% of its costs upon resale.

Vinyl Siding Installers in Murrieta, CA

Paint Interior Walls

Neutral wall colors have a great way of blending nicely with almost every furniture or appliance in the home. Painting your interior walls in neutral colors add freshness and style to your home design. It also enables buyers to imagine their belongings in the space easily.

Interior Painters in Murrieta, CA

Touch up Exterior Paint

Peeling paint on your exterior walls can turn off buyers, especially if they're rampant in easy to see places. Touching up the color doesn't have to mean repainting your whole house. Simply polishing any flaking or chips, or pressure washing the exterior walls of your home to remove dirt or mold can significantly increase your home value.

Bathroom Remodelers in Murrieta, CA

Add Stone Veneer

Adding adhered manufactured stone veneer to a midrange home can recover up to 97% of its cost at resale. It delivers a high return on investment and comes in different types such as the slim lines and vibrant colors of Chisel Gray Stackstone or rounded texture of Nottingham Tumbled Ledge.

Stone Veneer Installers in Murrieta, CA

Landscape for Curb Appeal

Front and back yards; add bark mulch; rake and remove leaves, branches and debris; plant bushes and flowers; add planters and hanging plants; mow grass and water lawn and plants; remove weeds and dead plants; manicure existing plants; any yardwork that improves the curb appeal of a home.

Landscaping for Curb Appeal

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Andrew Stewart

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