Just like anything in life, everything has an expiration date, even your home. For your enjoyment, as well as the future owner’s, we have a checklist to help you preserve your home!
You might not even be thinking of selling your home right now, but someday you will have to. It does not hurt keeping your house in top shape! Home buyers today are more cautious than ever before. Something as small as chipped paint or a damaged door knob can discourage them from buying or make them picky about the price. No need to do an expensive overhaul! If you want to sell your home for its market price down the line, just maintain a yearly or daily home maintenance checklist.
- Clean or change the filters in your HVAC system, fans and dryers seasonally. Consider also getting your vents cleaned out.
- Remove leaves and debris from gutters and drainpipes following a storm to prevent water backup. Take note of any damage issues, such as a broken drainpipe.
- Fill cracks and holes in the exterior siding of your home and remove any vines growing on the walls. The exterior walls are just as important, if not more, than the interior.
- Clean out the fireplace after winter and replace loose or missing brickwork.
- Fix leaky faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms. Consider replacing your faucets if they are outdated. This can be an easy upgrade.
- Fix leaks in the roof, chimney and skylights. Prioritize this one as water damage can be difficult and extremely expensive to fix.
- During the fall, drain the water heater and make sure there is no sediment at the bottom. Check it’s age. Replacing the water heater can be a big upgrade, but it’s better to replace early than have it bust and flood your basement.
- Replace broken door knobs and repair or replace screen doors if there are too many tears to repair.
- Check the walls and foundations for dampness. Prioritize this one as well, as the foundation is one of the most important structural facets of your home.
- Test all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the house once a month and replace the batteries if they have run out.
- At least once a year, make sure the fire extinguishers are in working order and easily accessible in emergencies.
- Paint the walls of each room with a fresh coat of paint every few years or so.
- Maintain the lawn and remove dust, dirt and debris from the patio. Curb appeal matters. Consider hiring a landscaper to assist in making your house stand out. If you focus all your energy inside, but the outside has problems, the inside might not even be seen.
- Check the windows for broken seals and panes seasonally.
- Extend the life of your floors by getting them professionally cleaned once a year.
Besides the aforementioned daily maintenance tasks, clean out and organize your basement and attic at least once a year as well. This dreaded task can be time consuming, but you will be surprised at what a clear and organized space will do for your home’s value. In fact, do this with one room per year and in a few years, your home will be ready to sell fast when it is put on the market.
Whether you wish to sell your home in a couple of years or right now, nothing beats a Realtor’s experience. Greg Sutter has been aiding home owners in selling homes for years and can ensure you get a good price for yours as well. Get in touch with him for a consultation today!