It costs as little as $10 or $20 to fix.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
May 28, 2019

If you're in the process of selling your home, you're likely thinking about the big things: Finding the right realtor, renovating the master bathroom, sprucing up the kitchen. The list seems to go on and on.

But here's one thing you may have overlooked before listing your home: Making sure all of your electrical sockets and light switches have plate covers (preferably nice looking ones, while you're at it). "One of the funniest—and most annoying—requests I get is for sellers to replace missing cover plates on light switches and outlets," Amy Berglund, a real estate agent with Re/Max Professionals City Properties in Denver, Colorado, tells Realtor.com in a recent article on small, surprising things that can delay a home sale. "Usually they’re missing in places such as laundry rooms and basements—think places that aren’t used that much. It is an incredibly affordable fix."

Each cover plate ranges from a few dollars to $20, making it a tiny dent in the budget and a small price to pay for something that people really notice when touring your home.

Think you're ready to sell your home but not sure now is the right moment to move forward? Check out this handy piece on how you'll know it's time to part ways with your abode.

Best of luck with selling your home, everyone. Remember, a journey of 1,000 steps starts with a single socket cover.

Advertisement