Before listing your home, consider these repairs that will pay dividends at the settlement table: When preparing your home for the market, sellers often ask “should I make any repairs, and if so, which ones?” It can be overwhelming to know where to start and where to stop when making repairs pre-listing. No one wants to shell out a huge chunk of money to get their home looking pristine and you don’t have to. Here are the top five improvements to make that will give you the most bang for your buck: 1. Scratched hardwoods, fraying carpet, broken tile: Have the carpet replaced or the hardwoods refinished before listing. Another option is to have a pre-finished hardwood or laminate wood flooring installed to give the space a fresh new look and have buyers cooing “ooh, ahh” as they walk in rather than “yikes!” 2. Got water stains? If you have had previous plumbing issues that have been repaired but have left unsightly water stains on the ceiling, have the ceilings repaired and painted. Buyers do not want to see potential plumbing issues when looking for their first or next home. 3. Fix torn screens: Fixing tears or holes in window screens is a quick and inexpensive repair that will give the home much greater curb appeal as potential buyers are making their first impression of the house. 4. Freshen up the kitchen: A full kitchen renovation isn’t necessary to make it look updated and inviting. Consider painting wood cabinets, replacing hardware, installing countertops, or purchasing new appliances. A small kitchen facelift will go a long way. 5. Pets run amuck? If you have four-legged family members who have enjoyed scratching walls or chewing on trim, take the time to buff out the scuffs of our furry friends.