Fixes to Do Before Putting a House on The Market
When you’ve concluded that you’ll need to move out of your home and upgrade to something bigger for a growing family, it’s time to assess what you’ve got. While you may walk around your home with blinkers on, it’s now necessary to cast a discerning eye around the interior and exterior to assess what needs repairing before approaching a realtor.
Here are some of the fixes that are sensible to sort out before marketing your home.
Dealing with Mold
The last thing you need is to have a realtor required to declare that your home has a mold issue. This will turn off many potentially interested buyers and remove your property from serious consideration.
It can be a difficult home fix to resolve because mold-resistant cleaners prevent easy removal. It’s often better to hire a specialist who has experience with tough removal cases and uses the right equipment to fix the problem permanently.
Also, the faster you get this arranged, the sooner you can inspect the affected area to determine if the mold has been completely eradicated.
Addressing Wall Cracks and Holes
Maybe someone backed a piece of furniture into the wall one time and left a familiar hole in the wall? Or, there’s a small crack that’s appeared that needs filling in and painting over?
The older the home, the more likely it is that there are wall blemishes. This doesn’t necessarily mean there are actual structural issues to worry about. Most buildings, especially older ones, are built very solidly with strong walls and excellent foundations. Nevertheless, minor tremors and other events can cause some movement that results in a crack appearing. Just address it to remove it cosmetically.
Getting Maintenance on the HVAC System
For most buyers, they’d prefer to keep using an existing HVAC or other heating and cooling system rather than have the expense of replacing it. One of the tests they’ll want to run is to turn on the heating or check the AC cooling is operational. This is to be expected, so don’t get caught out.
Any problematic or faulty equipment essential to keep the home cooler in summer or warmer in winter needs attention. If an AC unit is rattling, humming loudly or isn’t performing how it should, this requires a maintenance appointment to see what’s wrong with it. Similarly, with heating issues, get them fixed.
Painting the Walls
Even if there isn’t a problem with cracks on some walls, you’ll want to look at whether a fresh paint job is worthwhile. We get used to the shabby condition of our home’s walls because we don’t notice them as they get dirtier, pick up handprints and more.
It’s time to have a good look around the interior and exterior to find any walls that could benefit from a couple of coats of fresh paint. This needs to be completed at least a few days before a realtor comes over to remove any lingering paint fumes.
It won’t be too long before you can approach a realtor to get a quote for your home before it goes on the market. Meanwhile, you can always look up some recent sales to get a rough idea about valuations in your neighborhood.