As a homeowner, you are aware that if you want to keep your house in its best shape, you should do your part and make sure it gets the maintenance work it requires. And you probably will because you want to live in a nice and comfortable home. But what if you are selling the property? Does that mean it’s not your problem anymore? Not really. You are not off the hook from those maintenance tasks even if you have already vacated the property.
You might think that your house has no major issues and surely small things like leaky faucets, broken knobs, and a small crack on the window won’t affect your home’s value. The truth is, it can hurt it a lot. If prospective buyers see those small flaws (and believe us, they will), they will start to wonder if there are bigger problems concealed somewhere. The smallest things could affect the value of your home and even derail the sale.
To avoid this kind of situation, it is better to keep those minor issues from blowing up. Here’s a helpful checklist to ensure you will not forget anything:
Clean Those Gutters
It is understandable that some homeowners tend to forget about their gutters and roofing. However, neglecting this part of your home can be costly. And if you are selling your home, your roofing is one of the biggest factors that would be considered.
An overflowing gutter can be damaging to your home’s foundation. It may also cause drainage problems. You don’t want to make a bad first impression with an overflowing gutter! It is also a good idea to have the roofing checked before you put your house on the market because any problems that come from a leaky roof could mean a difficult sale.
Give Your Windows a Good Washing
Prospective home buyers can say a lot just by looking at your property’s windows. If what they see are dirty windows with some missing or broken panes, they’ll think that the house is neglected. Make sure to clean the windows, especially after a storm. Perform regular window cleaning to avoid grime buildup.
Have Your HVAC Systems Serviced
Whether you are still living in the house or not, the HVAC system should be serviced by a professional. The furnace, ductwork, and filters should be cleaned. Set the thermostat at about 66 degrees Fahrenheit so your potential buyers will be comfortable when your agent shows the house.
Keep the Yard Clean
Your home’s outdoor space will be one of the first things buyers will see. You want to wow them with a tidy yard that is free of dead tree limbs and fallen leaves. If the property is already vacant it is worth your money to pay someone you can trust to tend to the yard on a regular basis so the grass will be kept at a neat height and weeds don’t call the attention of your prospects.
These are just some of the tasks that you should stay on top of if you want to sell your home without any hassles. Having a trustworthy real estate agent like Tammy Samuels will also give you the peace of mind knowing that you have someone on your side making sure that your house is shown the right way to the right buyers. Call Tammy Samuels today for more tips on how you can sell your home fast!