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Sale after interior home repair

Interior Home Repair: Investing for Resale

Are you thinking about reselling your home? Whether it’s for now or you are planing ahead, it’s always a smart decision to invest in interior home repair. Practical (rather than aesthetic) remodeling projects demand the highest return on investment, and home repair is no different. It goes without saying that a dilapidated house will turn away potential buyers. Optimism in the housing market notwithstanding, make sure you’ve left nothing defective when you’re preparing your home for resale.

House Sellers’ Guide to Interior Home Repair

Home repair is important regardless of your plans to sell your home. However, putting it on the market should make repairs even more salient. Here are 10 top-priority projects to work on before you nail the “For Sale” sign into the lawn.


Wet basements are a common problem in rainy, humid South Florida. Make sure your basement is properly insulated and your runoff is far away from your house to prevent any leaks into the downstairs.

Circuit Breaker Safety

Making sure your circuit breaker is (a) correct and (b) properly functioning is not merely a matter of safety, but also law. Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets, which disconnect unbalanced conductors, are required in all residential bathrooms and kitchen countertops, so make sure you have one.


Being one of the most obvious interior home repair concerns, holes or cracks in the wall are seldom unattended to. Nevertheless, it bears mentioning to scour your home for any damaged drywall that potential buyers may notice.

Electric Power Panel

No home inspector worth his or her salt will skip over your house’s electric power panel, so make sure it’s clean, free of broken fuses, etc. You may even want to consider upgrading your panel and factoring it into the resale value.

Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals pose a major problem if they are not working properly. Even if it is working, make sure your disposal is also clean and there are no foul odors emanating from it. Don’t try to run any thin films (such as potato skins), and clear away grease with a simple vinegar and baking soda solution.


With South Florida being as hot and humid as it is, you can be sure that both buyers and inspectors will investigate your air conditioning system. Hot temperature will be the first thing they notice upon entry, so invest the time into this interior home repair immediately.


Any paint that is cracked, faded, or discolored will greatly reduce the appeal of your home and should be attended to as soon as possible.

Plumbing Leaks

Leaking faucets and fixtures will cause odors and also lead to mold if they are in dark, secluded areas. Since most pipes are within the walls of your home, consider at least getting an inspection by a professional plumber.

Waste Lines

There are also sewage lines that run outside your home: namely, waste lines. Make sure your lets are draining and your septic tank is not leaking. If you have a drain snake on hand, use it to unclog anything that is obstructing the waste lines’ flow.

Water Heater

Lastly, ensure that your water heater is free of any sediment and is properly doing its job. A particularly important task will be replacing the sacrificial node of your water heater, and don’t hesitate to call a professional if you cannot fix your heater on your own.

Dark and wet basement

Wet Basements: Problems & Solutions

There are few things in life more nerve-wracking than a wet basement. By “wet,” we don’t necessarily mean a basement that has flooded. That would be stressful enough, yet easy to fix with a wet vacuum. Rather, wet means damp — just wet enough to cause odors and mold, yet not enough to easily fix with everyday appliances.

Why Basements Get Wet in Florida

Wet basements are fairly common in Florida. While in other places they may be caused by the melting of wet snow, in Florida they are due to the pervasive rain and humidity. If the basement of your South Florida home is wet, one of two culprits is usually to blame: condensation or runoff.


The Problem

It’s easy to see how condensation may lead to wet basements (especially in Florida), where the air is particularly humid. Condensation is the opposite of evaporation (liquid turning into vapor due to heat). Moist air leaks from the warm outdoors into the cool indoors whose walls and pipes lack sufficient insulation. It turns from vapor into liquid again, manifesting as puddles or droplets on the floor.

The Solution

A basement that is wet from condensation must be dealt with immediately to prevent mold, mildew, rust, and a whole host of other problems. The first thing you should do is open any windows and turn all the fans on in the basement. For problems of a larger scale, you may even want to invest in a dehumidifier.

The key to avoiding condensation is maintaining a balanced temperature between the indoors and outdoors. As stated above, a major cause is lack of insulation, so make sure to have your local home maintenance service perform an installation.


The Problem

Being the state that rarely stops raining, it is no surprise that Florida is also home to many a wet basement caused by runoff. Many may wonder, “But isn’t that what downspouts are for?” The answer is yes, that is exactly what gutters and spouts are for. However, they have to be in good shape in order to effectively divert rain runoff from your home and your basement.

The Solution

  • Make sure your downspout isn’t clogged, as the overflow can easily send water leaking into your basement.
  • As mentioned in our post about installing interlocking paver stones, effective runoff requires a slope of at least 1 vertical inch for every 1 foot away from your house. Grab a measuring tape and make sure your slope is consistent with these measurements.
  • It may be the case that your wet basement’s foundation is leaking. Check your local hardware store to see which caulk would be most effective for patching it up, given its material and the size of any cracks in it.