7 Maintenance Tasks You Should Do Before Selling Your Home

October 27, 2020

Home selling is not an unusual thing for most residents in the metro. But even if you think there’s big money involved (and yes there is) when you try to sell your home, you must also be aware of the steps you need to take before you can sell the property.

These steps are tedious but necessary to get the best value for your land. So before having someone over to appraise the property, be sure to do these 7 maintenance tasks to get your money’s worth.

Check your Roof

The roof is one of the most important aspects of your home because it makes a shelter what it is. However, it is also the most neglected part of the house because residents don’t usually think about it until there’s a leak. It’s never visible from the inside and most of the time, dwellers know about roof issues only when it has gotten worse.

Now with that in mind, you should find the time to check your roof for possible leaks, rust, or any deformities it may have. If no noticeable problems are seen, then give it a little sweep to give it some extra love and attention.

Clean the gutter

Your roof may be fine, but that doesn’t always go hand in hand with your gutter. Your gutter is another superstar in your home and you might not even realize it. Because it diverts water away from the more sensitive parts of your house, you enjoy a much sturdier structure for a longer period of time. The reason why your house is as valuable as it is now is probably because of a reliable gutter system.

So if you’re one of those who have not been looking at their gutters for fear of whatever creature currently resides in those pipes, then it’s time to call in a professional to remove the old one. Gutter installation may not be that cheap, but it’s certainly necessary if you want anyone to be interested in buying your home.

Repaint your Walls

Have you ever walked into a home where most of the stuff is new, but the actual house still gives off an old vibe? It might be hard to pinpoint where the unattractive, ancient feels are coming from, but most of the time, an outdated paint job is to blame.

A fresh coat of paint can make any room look brand-new, so if there are any rooms in your house that don’t need any significant upgrades, a good paint job might be the sole trick you need. Just make sure you have the proper painting tools necessary.

Trim your Greens

Many homeowners make the mistake of over-focusing on maintaining the interior of their house, forgetting that when potential buyers pull up, it’s the exteriors they see first. It’s pretty hard to shake off a bad first impression, so you have to dedicate just as much time to maintaining a perfect lawn if you ever want to see a signed deed of sale over your property.

You don’t even have to install new facilities or splurge on outdoor decoration -- just keep your greens manicured and wow prospects from the moment they step out of the car during an open house.

Wash and Polish Windows

Never invite people to take a look at your home until you’ve cleaned all the windows. Trust that you can’t get away with just drawing the drapes or pulling down the curtains because people will definitely want to see the view from inside the house. Hence, your windows will surely come in plain view no matter how hard you try to hide them.

If you haven’t cleaned the windows in a while, it might be a tough job. Still, it’s nothing a little baking soda and lemon can’t fix.

Tidy up the Rooms

Even though your sellers would know that they’re getting a preloved house, your goal is to make them feel as though they’re stepping into a brand-new home that will be theirs and theirs alone. Thus, it is imperative that you tidy up the rooms and stash away any personal memorabilia.

Potential buyers must be able to picture themselves living in the house you’re offering up for sale, and the onus is on you to make that possible.

Have your heating and cooling systems checked

Finally, anyone serious about buying your home will inquire if the heating/AC systems are working properly. This is one thing you can’t sweep under the rug, and the only way to give a straight, impressive answer is to actually have your systems checked for any issues.

Like any other home seller, you want to be assessed the fair value of your home that represents what it’s actually worth to you and the next family who will be living in it. Thus, you have to be careful not to let your house be classified as a fixer-upper.

Hopefully, this checklist helps you streamline your priorities when it comes to getting your home “assessment-and open house-ready.”

 

JJ Sterling
As the co-founder of Urban Splatter and an architecture graduate from Chicago, I thrive on crafting a digital nexus where architectural innovation intersects with boundless digital opportunity. My academic roots in the Windy City's rich architectural tapestry inspire a unique vision for Urban Splatter's journey into the ever-evolving digital frontier of design. Join us as we navigate the exciting confluence of structure, style, and technology.

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