Winter is normally a ‘quiet’ season – which makes it the perfect time to fix up your home if you’re planning to sell in the months that follow.
Spring and Summer are often peak times for new listings, so standing out is essential. With lowered interest rates over the last few months, we expect to see a lift in buyer and seller activity as we roll along to Christmas.
So, here are the top home maintenance projects we recommend (if not urge) you to do now so that you are buyer ready.
Check the Roof & Gutters
Here’s what to check for specifically:
- Blocked gutters – excessive granules, leaves, debris etc
- Outer damages on the roof – missing tiles, dents, paint peels etc
- Ceilings with water stains
- Serious problems with the roof – leaks, creaks, cracks, basically all the things you’d hate to see if you were buying a property! Best to thoroughly check your ceilings and/or attic.
It’s important that you clean your gutters regularly and remove any blockages. Once they’re cleaned out, it’s also easier to check for further damages that you may not have noticed before.
Fixing your roof can get very costly especially if you leave things to fester. So, it’s a good idea to check and fix things early to prevent any further damage!
Repair Outdoor Fixtures, Areas and the Deck
What to look out for:
- Peeling paint
- Loose parts
- Exposed wiring
- Structural damage – this could be flagged on a Building Inspection Report
- Pests – termites for example
If you have old fixtures or furniture that aren’t much use – say goodbye and get rid of them! Keeping things minimal with less clutter goes a long way when you’re trying to sell your home.
You can easily transform your deck, backyard and/or balcony with tidying, fixing fixtures and a fresh coat of paint.
What a fresh coat can’t do! Have a look at both the exterior and interior of your home.
For the exterior, it’s not just about the ‘look’ of the home but a good quality paint will act as a protective layer for your home. If you have wooden features, it should be a priority!
When selling your home, keeping the colours neutral is best – it helps the prospective buyer visualise themselves living there – no matter their individual taste.
When is the last time you had the carpet cleaned let alone replaced? Carpets should be changed between 5 – 10 years depending on the amount of foot traffic.
If you have a lot of carpet in your home that’s worn and dirty, your home may appear older than it actually is!
For carpets that are still in decent shape, give it a good clean, professionally done is best, and your home will look (and smell) nice and fresh.
Time to tidy the plants! Check for the following:
- Over-hanging trees that are a hazard to power lines, roof, fencing etc. It may be a good idea to hire a professional if any trees are a hazard!
- Remove dead plants
- Remove weeds
- Give your plants & grass a trim
Take advantage of the last few weeks of Winter, to get on top of your home maintenance projects, and you’ll ensure you don’t waste time with questions from prospects such as, “are you going to fix this?” Which can often lead to, “I don’t think the house is worth that price considering all the fixing we have to do…”
Check out previous blog if you’re ready to style it for an open inspection: Trending Home Décor Ideas