Before you list your home for sale in the Wellesley real estate market, taking some time to make sure it is in top condition can really pay off. Homes that are in good condition and that have updated features and appliances attract more buyers and can even sell faster.
While you prepare to sell your home, use this checklist to make sure it is ready to put on the market.
Change Furnace Filters and Check for Damage
It is recommended that you change your furnace filter every few months, or more often if you have pets. A new filter will ensure your furnace is working efficiently and can even help you save money on your utility bill. When you change your filter, do a visual inspection for any damage to your furnace and contact a professional if you find any problems.
Check Window and Door Seals for Cracks
Look closely at all the window and door seals in your home and repair any cracks. Broken seals make it hard to regulate the temperature in your home and can even cause your utility bills to increase.
Repair Broken Tiles in the Bathroom and Kitchen
Even just one broken tile in your bathroom or kitchen can be a distraction for potential buyers. If you still have the broken piece, reapply it with adhesive. For more substantial damage, you may need to replace the entire tile.
Spot Clean your Carpets or Rent a Cleaner
Spot cleaning your carpets can make them look fresh, so this is another way you can prepare your home to sell. Consider renting a carpet cleaner that can clean deep down into your carpets and make them look like new.
Clean Bathroom and Kitchen Drains
If some of your drains are slow or aren’t working properly, try using a commercial cleaner to fix the problem. For major clogs, call a plumber who can use professional equipment to clean the drain.
Make Sure all Appliances are Working
If some of your appliances aren’t working as well as they could be, or if some of their features are broken, get them repaired. This not only makes your life easier, but it is essential if you are planning to include the appliances in your home’s sale, as buyers will be turned off by broken appliances.
Replace Batteries in Smoke Detectors
Keep your family safe by replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors and testing them to make sure they are working. This is one of those things that is vital to your safety, but is easy to let slip through the cracks and forget.
Tighten Doorknobs and Cupboard Handles
Stop procrastinating and repair that loose doorknob! In most cases, it just takes a few minutes to tighten the screws that will make your doorknobs and cupboard handles tight and secure.
Clean Rain Gutters and Downspouts
If you can safely reach your rain gutters and downspouts, remove dead leave, sticks and other debris so the gutters will drain water properly and help prevent damage to your home. If you aren’t able to safely reach your gutters, contact a professional who can clean them out for you.
Check for Exterior or Roof Damage
Check the outside of your home and roof regularly to look for damage. Missing shingles, torn siding and cracks can all lead to extensive damage and signal bigger problems. If you notice any issues, contact a professional to assess and repair the damage.
When your home is in excellent condition, it will attract more buyers and even better offers. Visit the Christine Norcross & Partners website for more maintenance tips.
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