What to Avoid Repairing On Your Own Before a Home Sale

As a proud DIYer (Do It Yourself-er), we know you’ve saved a bundle on fixing up odds and ends around the house to keep things running and looking their best. And if you’re preparing to put your home on the market, saving money is crucial, especially when considering moving costs, time costs, and so on.

But sometimes, just sometimes, the best thing you can do for your home is put down your wrench, and pick up the phone to call a licensed professional. The Napa Valley real estate market is hot, and if a home buyer or real estate agent discovers a problem or two in key areas of the home, you’ll lose a sale faster than you can hammer a nail into a wall. To err on the side of caution and ensure your listing and selling process goes smoothly, keep these home-repair jobs reserved for the pros.


If you don’t have formal plumping training you’ll be in for a turbulent experience. When a pipe leaks or bursts, it can cause devastating damage to your home, especially if detected late. Repairing a pipe or fixture requires extensive knowledge of building codes, which is something a professional plumber is trained to know.

Remember, it’s much more cost-effective for a plumber to replace a pipe than it is for a plumber to replace a pipe along with a host of other problems caused by an inexperienced person.

Electrical Work

There are many reasons why you should never handle electrical work unless you’re a licensed electrician, but we’ll give you our top three:

  1. Your safety
  2. Your safety
  3. Your safety

Is it sinking in yet? Costs aside, heavy-duty electrical work and complex rewiring is a dangerous business if you’re not experienced and no amount of money is worth your health or that of your loved ones. Faulty electrical work has been the cause of many electrocution accidents and also home fires. Hire a certified technician and sleep easier at night knowing your family is safe.

Bathroom Remodeling

Renovating a bathroom is not as easy a job as you may think. There are many details and skills you’ll have to be well versed in such as tiling, drywall, plumbing, electrical work, and more. The labor involved is also very taxing and if you’re working alone, you could find yourself scrambling to finish in time to get your home on the market.

Hiring a professional contract with a track record of good referrals and past jobs will get the job done properly with the right professionals. And while yes, this may cost you more, you should keep in mind that it will add value to your home which can be reflected in your sale price.

Foundation Repairs

Take no chances when it comes to fixing the foundation of your home, especially if you reside in a place that is accustomed to wet climates. This can seriously compromise your home’s overall stability, and result in a more costly repair down the road.

If you’re interested in knowing more about what you can do to prepare your home to sell, contact St. Helena Real Estate today!

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