Sellers, Clean the VENTS in your home before you put it on the market

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Posted by Terri Woods, Real Estate agent with Keller Williams Realty. Terri sells real estate in Santa Cruz County and North Monterey Bay County.

We have all heard the jokes on dust in our homes.

Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.

A house becomes a home when you can write "I love you"on the furniture.

If you write in the dust, please don’t date it!

 DEFINITION of DUST: Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, minerals from outdoor soil, human skin cells, burnt meteorite particles, and many other materials which may be found in the local environment. WHAT??? Burnt meteorite particles? So that explains it!  (Wikipedia definition)

The same goes for vents in our home. Those vents are often overlooked but dust and grime do build up.  Because we live in the house, we 'get used to' the surroundings and we don't notice things as a new buyer would.

So.... before you put your home on the market, go through your home, dust and/or wash all the vents. Change the filter if necessary. You may even need to do a quick job of spray paint to freshen the 'vent.' 


Such a simple task goes a long way when selling your home. A buyer pays more for a home that have been well taken care of.

I like to compare it to buying a used car. When you buy a used car, and the seller has proof of the oil changes, it just gives that sense of knowing the car was well taken care of. Thus, the same is for a home.

For those homeowners who are over achievers (YES, I REALLY REALLY LIKE THOSE SELLERS), and you have a service that cleans and changes your Heating/Air Conditioning filters each year, we real estate agents thank you. Make sure you give the name of the company and possibly even the latest receipt to your agent so the agent can put that information in the HOME BOOK that stays with the house when the house is sold.

This is Terri's Real Estate Tip of the Day.


Comments (3)

Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Terri, cleaning out the cold air return vents is something we easily overlook when selling a home.  This is a good reminder for everyone, but especially for anyone putting their home on the market.  Attention to small details is very important when listing one's home for sale!

Jan 07, 2014 07:45 AM
Terri Woods
Benton, Linn and Douglas Counties - Days Creek, OR
Selling Homes and Land in Oregon

Hi Bruce - Thanks so much for the comment. This is my first youtube upload and I am still trying to make it work... because.... "they" (whoever 'they' is) tell us agents that video is where it is at. :)  And you are right. Attention to detail goes a long way. Thanks again.

Jan 07, 2014 07:53 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Terri, I just noticed you are from the Santa Cruz area.  We enjoyed a referral from a former KW agent in Cupertino, who sent us a professor from the university in Santa Cruz.  It was a great experience and we loved working with him and his family.

We absolutely loved seeing Monterey Bay after the NAR Convention was over back in November!  Such a beautiful area!  You must pinch yourself every day and ask if you are living in a dream.

Jan 07, 2014 08:09 AM