For many homeowners, the task of keeping their Santa Rosa Beach home in excellent shape tends to take a backseat while they’re still living there. Homeowners may do some repairs or renovations from time to time, but many of them, particularly those who have lived there for a long time, typically don’t make much of an effort to keep it looking as great it did the day they moved in.
However, everything changes when a homeowner finally decides to put the house on the market. After all, a house that looks amazing impresses potential buyers and fetches a good price, and all homeowners want that for their property. So they do minor touch-ups and maintenance work before listing their house.
So what kind of maintenance can you do on your house before selling it? Here are some tips.
Take care of the plumbing
It’s possible that you’re having plumbing problems for some time, but you were just ignoring it. Your drains may be slow, or you have a leaky faucet or two. You may have decided long ago not to call plumbing services since you can live with these issues anyway, but potential buyers aren’t going to feel the same. If they do, then they would probably want the house for a lower price tag.
Fix all your plumbing problems, and improve your home’s chances of fetching a good price.
Repaint the walls
Painting the interior of your home is probably the least expensive way to make your house look as good as new. And if you’re going to repaint the walls, make sure you use neutral colors, which don’t distract and turn off people the way more garish colors do.
Check the gutters and roof
Other parts of the house that’s so out of sight and therefore tend to be out of mind are the gutters and the roof.
When you’ve neglected that part of your house for so long, it’s safe to assume that those gutters are now full of leaves and debris and could already be overflowing without you noticing. If you’re having issues with your roof, then it would probably show in the state of your ceiling as well because rain will just drip through.
If you don’t want potential buyers to see water-damaged ceilings or water puddles where there should be none, then you need to have your roof and gutters checked and maintained as soon as possible.
Improve curb appeal
Potential buyers get their first impression of your house not when they come through the doors, but when they drive up to it. Curb appeal plays a crucial role in grabbing the attention of people. If they see that well-manicured lawn, those well-maintained flowers and shrubs, and that distinctive custom wood door, potential buyers will be more interested in taking a look inside.
Touch up your kitchen
If you can do a full kitchen remodeling, then do it, by all means. You know very well that an impressive kitchen can raise your home’s value.
However, if you have no plans for spending that much on remodeling your kitchen, you can at least freshen it up. Replace the cabinets, paint them a new color, or change their handles. A new table and chairs can also help update the look of your kitchen. Replace the faucet and other fixtures if they already look old and worn.
Improve the bathroom
If you have been living in your house for years and you have done little to no maintenance on your bathroom, now would be the time to do it.
Again, if you can do a bathroom remodel, then go for it. If you can’t or don’t want to, the least you can do then is to make everything about it sparklingly clean. Do the best you can and use the products necessary to take out stains, lime deposits, and all kinds of grime that could easily turn potential buyers off. If the tiles need re-grouting, then do it. You can also repaint its walls with a light color to make the bathroom look bigger.
Maintain your AC system
In a place as hot as South Walton Beach, Florida, people out house-hunting would want to buy one that has an air conditioning system that is in good working order.
Call in an HVAC professional to give your AC system a tuneup. Your air conditioning will be clean, leak-free, and working perfectly fine by the time potential buyers are walking through your front door.
There are just some of the maintenance tasks that you have to do before you even think about selling your house. It may take some effort and a little money but just think of it as an investment that will make your house a bit stronger on the market.
About The Author
Victoria Brown is the Content Specialist forPipetech Plumbing & Rooter, an expert plumbing repair services company in Chandler, Arizona that caters to residential and commercial needs. When not writing, she enjoys yoga and hiking with her family and friends.