Ten Repairs That You Must Do Before Selling

6. Check For Damage: Remove And Replace Vinyl Flooring.

Vinyl floors often looks great when it first goes down, but when signs of wear and age start showing, it makes a home look less attractive. Keep a sharp eye out for loose floor or discolorations within the vinyl. That’s a sign that moisture has done its dirty work and that it should be removed and replaced before you sell your home.

While it’s best to hire a professional floor layer to put the new vinyl in, you can save money by getting the floor ready. Get a small pry bar and separate the baseboards from the walls to make removing the old floor and laying the new floor easier. Since the old floor will be nailed, stapled, or glued to the floor base, you’ll need some muscle and a larger pry bar to get it all up. Once the underlayment is exposed, take steps to remove that layered plywood or particleboard as well.

Since you’ve already got the baseboards off the walls, it’s an easy step to spruce them up too. Sand them down and repaint or re-stain them. The result will be stunning when you are done.

If you want to go with something other than vinyl for your replacement material, consider using linoleum. Made from pine resin, linseed oil, and natural binding materials such as sawdust, it’s a green material that new buyers will appreciate. Keep in mind that linoleum can add dollars to the completed job.

7. Improve Your Bathroom By Resealing The Toilet.

If you are planning on putting a new floor in, you’ll need to find a flooring contractor who is able to pull the toilet and reseal it or save money by doing this job yourself. Plumbers cost an average of $85 per hour and this job requires two trips: one to remove the toilet and one to reinstall and reseal it. By doing this yourself, you will save at least $200 for the job.

However, even if you don’t plan on putting a new floor in, you might need to reseal the toilet anyway before listing your home. Check the floor at the base of the toilet. If it remains moist or if there are tell-tale discolorations within the floor, you probably need to reseal it. A toilet that moves when people sit on it or corroded nuts at the base are additional signs of trouble.

To safely remove the toilet, make sure that the water is securely turned off and give it a flush to remove the water from the tank and bowl. If you keep the handle depressed during the flush, the drain stays open longer. Once the tank and bowl are empty, unscrew the bolts that are holding the toilet in place on the floor with a large wrench.

Toilets are heavy and the tanks are easily cracked, so make sure that you have help when you are ready to lift it. Put soft materials into the bathtub for a save storage location while you are working. Storing in the bathtub means that excess water has a place to go.

Toilet gaskets run about $3 and you will need two of them. One of these wax seals is designed to fit into the sewage pipe while the other is circular and is laid on top of the first. The last parts you’ll need to complete the repair are two bolts.

The steps are simple. Remove the old gaskets, fit the sewer pipe gasket into place, and complete the seal using the second circular gasket. Place the toilet over the gaskets to complete the seal and screw the toilet into place using the bolts. Once the water supply is reconnected, use caulking on the base of the toilet.

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