If you are planning to list your home on the real estate market, you may be looking for ways to ensure that buyers like what they see. At Noble Insurance, we know the buying and selling process can be stressful, but this list of ten things will help make the process go more smoothly:
1. Take Care of Any Visible Water Damage. Even if you have resolved the initial cause of the water damage, the visible stains can be a deterrent for potential buyers. Make sure any roof leaks, malfunctioning plumbing fixtures, or leaking pipes are resolved and take care to remove stains due to water damage on your ceilings, walls and floors.
2. Resolve Wet Basement Concerns. If you live in an area prone to flooding or you have had wet basement concerns in the past, make sure you have a sump pump installed and other measures are taken to ensure you don’t have any residual wet basement concerns.
3. Cover Your Pipes. Living in a cold climate leaves your home at risk of frozen pipes, but there are steps you can take to protect them. If you have pipes in areas that aren’t well-heated, take time to add insulation and pipe coverings to reduce risk.
4. Update Plumbing Fixtures. If you have outdated toilets or your faucets are constantly dripping, take time to update these plumbing fixtures so you don’t have any problems when potential homebuyers stop to look around.
5. Check Your Appliances. Ensuring that you don’t have water leaks and electrical issues on the appliances you use most, such as dishwashers, washing machines, garbage disposals, ice makers, etc., is an important step. Replacing hoses and checking for electrical connections ensures safety and proper function.
6. Replace Your Water Heater. If your water heater is 10 years old or more, there is a good chance it should be replaced. Make sure to take this step before the “For Sale” sign goes in the yard!
7. Clean Your Gutters & Downspouts. Remove buildup of leaves, dirt, and other debris in your gutters and downspouts so the outside of your home leaves as good of an impression as the inside.
8. Check Your Slope. If you know that the landscape of your property is not properly graded, you may be on the downhill slide until the issue is corrected. Ask a professional about adding an exterior draining system to ensure that you can avoid a wet basement and a damaged foundation.
9. Perform an Exterior Checkup. Are the roof, siding, and windows in good condition? Take time to eradicate moisture issues and replace damaged shingles and siding so your home’s exterior looks its best.
10. Tidy Up. Having a home that looks well-maintained is the best way to make potential buyers new homeowners! Take time to tackle tile grout, the caulking around the bathtub, and indoor & outdoor light fixtures, so your home looks its best from top to bottom.