Handyman Tip:

How Home Repairs Boost Your Bottom Line

For over 15 years, Home Improvements & Repairs L.L.C. has been servicing home owners and real estate agents, improving homes with installations, remodels, and general repairs as a handyman service in preparation for putting their homes on the market.

Why do real estate agents and homeowners preparing to sell homes call us?

We believe it is a combination of our easy going yet professional attitude, fair pricing, and high quality services. Our work and our relationship with our clients is extremely important. We take pride in what we do and we strive to improve with every job. With 95% of our business from referrals and repeat clients, it's our goal to do everything in our power to make your home repairs a success.

Working with real estate agents over the past fifteen years has helped our company grow. Our understanding of how to prepare a property for the market helps everyone from the real estate agent to the home owner, With the knowledge that the job will be done right the first time, our clients can rest easy! Plus we guarantee all our work.

Home Improvements & Repairs L.L.C. is a general repair and maintenance company providing quality services to home owners & real estate agents. Custom installations, electrical, plumbing, sheetrock, deck/wood work, etc... no need to call 10 different companies, we are your one-stop company for general home repairs.


Preparing Your Investment for the Market

Home Improvements & Repairs L.L.C. provides what many call "general contracting" services. What separates Home Improvements & Repairs L.L.C. from the rest of the pack is our experience, quality of work, and overall understanding of both the home owner needs and the agents' requests during these times. Home Improvements & Repairs L.L.C. is on top of the latest city/county mandates such as GFCI outlet requirements. We have worked with hundreds of agents and home owners.

General Repairs & Installations

From small to large repairs we have the team and are ready for you. We have helped clients with all types of general repair services from repairing fences and holes in the wall to small remodels. With a team that can handle just about anything from electrical, plumbing, sheetrock, etc... it's not a question if we can...just a question of when you are ready to get started. Home Improvements & Repairs L.L.C. also provides installation service such as installing a ceiling fan or specialized lighting.

Custom Projects

Home Improvements & Repairs L.L.C. can also handle custom projects from tree houses to custom decks. Many clients over the years invest into their property & homes not only fixing/making repairs but additions. Adding an extra room to a garage, or converting a bedroom to an exercise room...we've just about done it all. Our services are not limitless and at times where additional help is needed, Home Improvements & Repairs L.L.C. is there to help facilitate and make recommendations. We have a trusted list of specialty contracts at our fingertips.

Home Repairs Boost Your Bottom Line


Quick fixes before selling a home always pay off, but which repairs bring the biggest return? Specific answers to this often-asked question largely depend on a variety of factors such as:

There is no hard and fast rule. But there are general guidelines that apply to most homes. For example, the National Association of Realtors publishes each year the Cost vs. Value Report with Remodeling Magazine, which features various home project costs and returns in four regions, including a national average.

Flooring Fixes

Wood floors are a hot item today, but preferences over the years have changed. Carpeting became popular -- like with lots of consumer products -- after somebody figured out how to get the government to pay for it. When vets returned home from WWII, housing was at a shortage. Homes were sold with newly installed carpeting because the cost for the carpeting could be rolled into government-insured (VA) loans.
Then carpeting became vogue in the 1960s. Some homes today, sadly, still sport '60's shag carpeting. The final movement away from hardwood happened when installing hardwood floors became too expensive. Plywood was easier to obtain and faster to install. Plus choices in carpeting were plenty. It's still relatively inexpensive to install carpeting.

Paint Ceilings & Walls

Buyers spend more time than you would think staring at ceilings. They are looking for signs of a leaky roof, but what you don't want them to see are stains from grease or smoke and ceiling cracks. Nothing says freshness like new paint, and it's the most cost effective improvement. Use fiberglass tape on large cracks, cover with joint compound and sand. Paint a neutral color such as light tan - think of coffee with cream.

Wallpaper

It's not that all buyers hate wallpaper. They hate your wallpaper - because it's your personal choice, not theirs. And they hate all dated wallpaper. Get rid of it. The easiest way is to steam it off by using an inexpensive wallpaper remover steamer.

Wood paneling

Even if your wood paneling is not real wood but composite, you can paint it. Dated paneling must go. Older wood paneling such as walnut, mahogany, cedar and pine, it's all gone out of style. Paint it a neutral and soft color after priming it.

Textured ceilings

Popcorn ceilings have to go, say goodbye to it. It's not expensive but it is time consuming to remove. Lay down drop cloths and scrape it off. You will need to repaint.

Kitchen Improvements

Appliances and cabinets are typically the most expensive items to replace in a kitchen. If you don't have to replace them, you'll save a ton of money. However, if your cabinets are dated and beat-up, your house might not sell if the cabinets aren't replaced or refaced.
Kitchen remodels return nearly 100%. According to Remodeling Magazine, the high-end kitchens don't return as much as the mid-range or minor kitchen remodels. Most buyers won't pay extra for a built-in Sub Zero refrigerator, professional 8-burner stove, under mount sink or travertine floors. If you live in the Midwest, your return will be less than for those who live in other parts of the country.

Cabinets

Clean and polish your cabinets. If your cabinets are painted, add a fresh coat of paint and new hardware.

Counter tops, sinks & faucets

Granite counters are not necessary. Simple laminates, newer faucets and sparkling sinks sell. Buyers don't want leaky faucets or stained sinks.

Bathrooms

The national average of recouped cost is more than 100% for bathrooms. New floors, fixtures and lights payoff.

Roofs & Exterior

If your home needs a new roof, replace it, don’t try to slip it by. Even though most roofing tear-off jobs take one to two days, buyers shy away from buying a home if the roof needs to be replaced.

Conclusion

Overall, buyers want to buy a home that has no deferred maintenance, newer appliances, updated plumbing, electrical and heating (including a/c), modern conveniences and is ready to occupy