6 Home Checklist Items When Selling Your Property
Homebuyers hunt for homes that have been kept up. If you want to sell quickly, here’s a home maintenance checklist with six important tips to take care of before you put the “for sale” sign on the lawn.
Curb appeal is all about the exterior. If the paint is peeling on the porch or your garage, take the time to put on a fresh coat of paint. Take a closer look at your interior walls. If you went a little crazy with the purple and pink paint when you moved in, now might be the time to return the walls to more neutral colors such as white or tan. Painting is a great DIY project on the weekends, and it’s an inexpensive way to transform an entire space without making huge renovations.
As potential buyers approach your home for an open house, they should see a freshly mowed lawn and immaculate landscaping. Add fresh mulch to flower beds and seasonal flowers. Pluck weeds, trim any hanging tree limbs or bushes and remove any hoses or other items left out in the yard. Rid your lawn of any invasive lawn pests such as fire ants, fleas, chiggers, and ticks. Plug up any holes or cracks that could lead to four-footed pests such as raccoons, squirrels, or mice getting inside your attic or basement. Consider sprucing up the backyard with affordable amenities like fire pits, string lights, or wicker chairs.
3. Pressure-Wash Your Hardscape
Rent a pressure washer and take aim at the dirt and grime that has built up over the years on your walkways and patio. Using a pressure washer is easy because all you have to do is point the nozzle at the dirt and watch it wash away.
4. Clean Gutters and Check the Roof
Now is the time to find out if there are any hidden concerns, like roof damage. Have the roof inspected before you put the house on the market. Small roof cracks can remain undetected for years causing water to damage ceilings and walls. Hidden leaks can do thousands of dollars of damage to a home, and you may not see it coming until it’s too late. Another important step before selling your house is to clean the gutters. Gutters piled with leaves and pine needles can damage the foundation.
5. Check Plumbing and Basement for Leaks
Checking for any plumbing problems or leaks in the basement is also crucial. Basement leaks and dampness in your basement can be more serious than you might expect. Water in basements or homes is one of the top three things buyers are scared of. If you have trees on your property, have a plumber inspect the pipes for tree roots. The last thing a new homeowner wants to do is deal with a leaky basement or flood after they’ve moved in.
6. Deep Clean, Declutter, and Depersonalize
A clean house is an attractive house. Deep clean and vacuum your carpets and floors especially if you have pets — as odors and stains can be a real turnoff. Speaking of pets, be sure to hide any litter boxes or food and water bowls. Not everybody is a pet lover. Make sure your windows are squeaky clean. Replace any broken or dirty blinds and curtains and wipe down all appliances. Freshen up sinks and garbage disposals and replace lightbulbs. Brush the cobwebs out of every corner and clean every room in the house–even the closets. If you’ve been using the basement or attic for storage, now’s the time to declutter. Hire someone to come and haul away the boxes and other junk.
Finally, depersonalize your house. Take a walk-through and remove all family pictures and mementos. When a potential buyer walks through the door, they are imagining their own family living in this space, and they should see bare, neutral walls. The same rules apply to the kitchen. Take every magnet or photo off the refrigerator and remove everything from the countertops.
For most people, their house is their greatest asset, and taking care of it is a top priority. By keeping up with regular maintenance, you’ll not only add to your home’s value, but it will be much easier when it is time for you to sell.