One of the most stressful things about selling a home is making sure everything is in perfect condition. It’s easy to let things slide when you’re living in your house, but once it goes on the market, potential buyers will notice every little scratch or crack.
While no home is ever in perfect condition, there are certain things that should be addressed before you even think about putting your house on the market. Doing so will not only make your house more enticing, but it can even bump up the price.
Inspections aren’t just for new homes; they’re also extremely helpful to those who are selling a home, as well as those buying. When a buyer purchases a home with serious maintenance issues, it often requires repairs that exceed the purchase price of the home, resulting in negative equity. It’s best for all involved if these problems are found early and rectified before final negotiations begin.
In this article, we will go over the most common issues that arise in homes and how you can prevent them from coming up when buyers schedule their inspections.
The front and back yard
The exterior of the house is what gives buyers an impression of what your home looks like from the outside. Thus, you need to give it extra attention. The first thing that needs to be done is wash away all dirt and debris lodged in the spaces between bricks, crevices, window grills, railings, and door frames. Check for things like repairing a faulty garage door opener, or getting rid of the boards squeaking on the back porch. Tackling these issues first can cut your cost once you call professionals to do the assessment.
Get rid of mildew stains as well because these black spots can lower property value considerably. To clean brick walls, use oxygen bleach mixed with water to brighten up your home’s look without damaging it. If you want something more effective than household cleaners then consider using TSP (trisodium phosphate), which works faster than oxygen bleach but should be handled with care so as not to damage brick or stone.
A working HVAC system makes a warm home
The HVAC system is a set of interconnected parts that are used to maintain the thermal properties of spaces or store them, considering the outdoors. HVAC systems are gaining importance because they are being used more frequently in places where there are large commercial buildings, residences, and offices. This means that if you take care of your HVAC system, it will be good for the next owner to use.
There are several ways you can make improvements to your HVAC system, however; there is a proper way to do them so as not to cause harm in the long run. First and foremost, clean everything: air filters, condensers, and evaporators. This includes heat exchangers and radiators too! Using a high-pressure hose will help wash away dirt between fins. Use soap water and mix it up with some chlorine, which will eliminate bad smells emanating from dirty basins or shelves where drainage pools get dirty over time. Lastly, seal all leakages around vents or any other openings leading to HVAC systems.
Here are some important things to remember when performing HVAC maintenance:
- Change or clean filters regularly at least once a month. Know the right filter for your home’s HVAC system because using the wrong one may affect how your appliances work and can lead to damage.
- Clean basins, tanks, condensers, coils, fans, and drip pan regularly to maintain optimal running temperature.
- Make sure there is no dirt accumulated in pressure switches that could cause malfunctions, which will only result in costly repairs!
Check the roof and gutters if they need a touch-up
Roofs are important for houses because they provide protection, prevent leaks, and prevent the house from getting dirty. It also preserves the top of the walls and ceiling. Guttering is another part of a home’s exterior that can’t be overlooked. It provides protection by directing water away from foundations or seepage areas. When gutters are clogged, it could lead to serious problems like frost heaves or dirt getting into pools. This could also lead to unpleasant drips inside your home, which will only force you to spend money on repairs in most cases.
Moreover, if you want to sell your house, it would help to keep up with roof and gutter maintenance since buyers always pay attention to these parts of homes when inspecting them.
Plumbing and electrical must be up and running
Plumbing is needed for water flow, and electrical wiring is necessary for the power supply. These systems are often ignored when it comes to maintenance, but this can lead to a variety of problems like flooding or not having enough light when cleaning up at night. If there’s no plumbing, then you can’t have facilities like flushable toilets and showers; the same goes for not having electricity, which will prove to be worse since your appliances won’t work. This is why it’s important to periodically check these two systems: make sure they’re not corroded or rusty, fix problems right away, and do repairs when necessary.
Windows and doors must be checked
Windows and doors are some of the main parts of homes that keep bad elements out. If they’re not in good condition, then it can lead to bigger problems like rotting boards and breakages, which will only drive you to spend more money on repairs. It’s important to remember that poor windows and doors can affect how your house is sold because potential buyers will notice the damage and your house might get a lower price compared to other houses with intact fixtures.
Once all that extra work is done, you need to apply new coats of paint, giving the home a more polished look. Remember to repaint window sills, railings, and over doorways. After painting, get rid of all the clutter in your front yard. Make sure there are no items cluttering up your driveway or sidewalks. A good idea would be to plant some flowers, so everyone can see there’s life growing on your property!
Landscaping for the final touch
Take a look around your house before everyone arrives for the open house. If you notice anything that looks out of place, make sure you take care of it right away! It can be difficult to get back from an open house because potential buyers will surely have questions about things they don’t quite understand.
Trim trees and bushes, so they no longer obstruct vision or touch power lines . Make sure to cull out overgrown grass and make it look neat. Lastly, re-paint the exterior of your house, since you have just done other things that would have made it dirty anyway. You might also need to do this around Christmastime where houses are decorated with lights, ribbons, wreaths, etc.
Research on these inspections, because if left unchecked they could lead to problems within your home which will automatically require spending money on repairs or replacements once the damage is already done. Not all homeowners are adept at performing these tasks themselves, so hiring a professional inspector may provide more accurate results before deciding on selling or staying in one’s present home for another year.
All home aspects like roofing and gutters, plumbing and electrical systems, windows and doors, landscaping (including flowers), as well as other factors not mentioned here, should be regularly maintained. If the buyer is able to see what they are getting before deciding on a purchase price, then there will be less room for problems or surprises after closing day. If you want to avoid costly repairs in the future or have an open house with a few questions from potential buyers about why things look unusual compared to what they expected- do some maintenance today!