February 23rd, 2016 1:30 PM by NE TEXAS REALTY GROUP
home? Here are 5 helpful tips:
- First things first, every house needs a mechanical system that functions
properly. Make sure you have your heating and air conditioning units
cleaned and checked by a qualified professional to make sure they are all
working in tip top shape. This will alleviate the buyer's inspector
finding anything minor wrong with the system. Make sure you also have the
filter changed. An inspector who finds a dirty filter knows that the
present owner does not maintain the system as they should.
Plumbing - If you have a basement, make sure that your sump pump
and ejector pit pump are working properly to move the water away from the
foundation and eject any waste out to the sewer. If one or the other are
not working properly or water switches are not in the proper position, your
pump will run more frequently than necessary. If your sump pump has a
float switch make sure that it also performs as required.
Roof - Ensure that all shingles are in place, none are missing and
they are all securely fastened. Missing or deteriorated shingles can
cause water to penetrate through the roof's sheathing which can lead to
interior water damage. It is very difficult for an inspector to miss any
type of ceiling damage that has occurred by water leakage. Another good
tip would be to check all gutters for old leaves and any other kind of debris
that may clog the flow of water.
Windows The "Once Over" –
Whether you have single pane or double pane glass windows,
make sure you always examine them for either missing glazing or seals that are
damaged. On a single pane glass window, the glazing will
deteriorate, which will cause the window to break away from the wood
frame. On a double pane glass window you will notice that a fog will
appear between the two panes of glass. This is a sign of a broken
seal. If you notice any of your windows having one of these problems,
contact a window contractor for repair or replacement.
Beautify The Exterior Landscaping - We all love greenery, so
why not spruce up your surroundings with some new mulch and flowers that will
give the exterior a colorful bang for your buck. Make sure all weeds are
pulled, bushes are trimmed, the grass has been cut and sidewalks have been
edged. Make sure potential homebuyers have a wonderful first impression
when pulling up to your home for their initial visit!
a sixth tip for good measure:
CLEAN, AND CLEAN! - Clean surroundings are more desirable and it
provides potential buyers with the understanding that you take great pride and
care in the upkeep of your home. Start by touching up any marks on your
walls, followed by dusting and window washing. Make sure that you
remember to remove any clutter! Family photos should also be put away, as
this gives a potential buyer the opportunity to imagine where they may place
their family photos if they were to purchase your home. Lastly, don't
forget to give your carpets a good cleaning. This will remove any soil
marks or stains and for pet lovers, this will also take care of any pet odors
that may be lingering in your home.