Fixing up a new condo or house

21 October 2021

When you buy a property on the resale market, there are usually improvements and other work to be done. Some minor work will be identified in the preinspection report, while other work will be cosmetic and vary from buyer to buyer. It may even be done by the seller before you take possession—that’s something you can negotiate! Instances where there is no work to be done are very rare. Even new homes often require a bit of fixing up, so don’t be surprised!

Fixing up a new a condo or house

Expect some small adjustments to be necessary when you purchase a property. You’ll need to plan what needs doing and draw up a budget. The list below applies mainly to resale homes and condos:

  • Paint
  • Caulk doors and windows
  • Repair exterior cracks
  • Replace window sills
  • Replace bricks
  • Install ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets in the bathroom and kitchen
  • Update the electrical panel
  • Redo the finishing joints in bathrooms, washrooms and the kitchen
  • Change the faucets
  • Change the water heater
  • Repair the air conditioning unit if leaking
  • Repair the roof