4 Major Repairs to Avoid Doing Yourself When Selling Your House in the North East

When you’re ready to sell, it can be tempting to carry out any major repairs that need doing by yourself.

After all, you’ll want to make as much money as possible on the sale and save on costs. However, bear in mind that when you come to sell you’ll need to declare any major issues to the buyer, and if you’ve attempted your own bodge job to save money, it could actually cost a lot more in the long term.

So if you’d like to avoid what could be a costly mistake and potentially life-threatening situations, it may be worth hiring a professional to get the job done right. 

Plus, if something goes wrong, your insurance company might not cover the damage should you make the repairs yourself or hire someone unqualified. Therefore, before any work proceeds, it’s essential to review your policy and consider hiring a professional, who’s also fully insured.

Read on to discover four major repairs to avoid when selling your house in the County Durham, Darlington, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Northumberland, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees areas. 


While changing a light switch may be perfectly safe, when done correctly, significant electrical issues are top on our list of repairs to avoid when selling your house in the North East for good reason; it’s one of the most dangerous and could cost someone their life. In addition, the slightest error in the installment could potentially cause a fire.


Besides the common issues with drain clogs, you should avoid plumbing repairs when selling your house in the North East. Not only is there a severe threat of damage to your home from a newly formed fountain spewing out of your kitchen pipes or upstairs plumbing soaking through the ceiling, but you’ll also end up paying the plumber to repair the damage. Not only that, you’ll still need the original plumbing problem resolved.


While some minor repairs to your house can be done yourself, when it comes to the foundations, you must hire a professional if it concerns the foundations. Messing around with the foundations could severely affect your property’s structural stability, and it’s not a job for an amateur in any circumstances. A mistake in making a foundation repair could take months or years to finally reveal itself, usually when it’s much too late to make a simple fix. While it may appear to be just a tiny crack to you, the eyes of an expert are always required, along with specialised equipment and processes to protect your home from extreme damage. 


While it may appear to be a simple case of sticking a few tiles down, you shouldn’t attempt roofing repairs when selling your house in the North East. Unfortunately, it’s easy to make simple mistakes working on a roof that can lead to heavy structural damage or cause leaks.

Often homeowners will attempt to buy leak-stopping miracles at a local DIY store and delay proper repairs, which only adds to the final expense of getting the job done right.

Unfortunately, without the appropriate equipment and no knowledge of proper safety protocol, many homeowners have fallen and been seriously injured in accidents while undertaking roof repairs, so always trust a professional to do the job if you’re not a qualified roofer. 

Selling directly to We Buy Homes North East can help you avoid repairs altogether when selling your house in the North East. 

We Buy Homes North East saves you time; why wait for repairs to be completed before you sell? At We Buy Homes North East , we guarantee our completion date, which can be in a matter of a few days or weeks.  

We Buy Homes North East saves you money too, because we buy houses in any condition and pay cash. So there’s no need to worry about forking out for repairs before you sell to us. We Buy Homes North East will make you an offer, and if you want to get a quote on repairs from local tradespeople then you can weigh up the pros and cons of selling to us or having the repairs carried out. Contact We Buy Homes North East on 0191 369 2088 today to speak to our team.

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