If you’re thinking of selling your home, finding the right Realtor (hey, that’s me!) is the first step in the home-selling process. I’ll help you determine the right price, pinpoint the kinds of marketing that will work well for your property and much more.
But you can also be a proactive seller by checking into these basic home-maintenance issues before putting your house on the market:
1. Inspect your roof
Find out if there is damage to your roof, especially here in San Antonio where we experience unexpected weather changes. Hail, in particular, is particularly damaging. For safety purposes, it might be in your best interest to pay a professional to check it out for you.
2. Search for problems in the attic
It’s so important to check for any roof leaks and signs of termites or rodents. Squirrels or rats nesting in your attic are not particular about what they chew, and they sometimes gnaw electrical wiring, which can lead to damaged infrastructure or fire. Navigating your attic can be dangerous, so use caution or hire a professional to inspect it for you.
3. Inspect your paint
It may seem cosmetic, but paint is a first line of defense against the weathering and aging of wood. Also, damaged paint can indicate the start of a larger problem. Brick, stucco and siding should be inspected as well.
4. Examine the ground you walk on
Depending on the level of traffic, hardwood floors may need to be refinished every five to 10 years. If they get too worn down, you risk permanent damage to the wood.
5. Check for leaks in any room that has plumbed fixtures
And consider that in some older homes, cast iron was used for the wastewater lines. These pipes eventually fail. If the seepage is under the foundation, you’ll probably never notice, but it may be worth it to have a professional plumber come check it out. If the leak gets bad enough, it can damage your foundation.
6. Look for cracks in the walls or other signs of foundation issue
The main cause of foundation problems, whether pier and beam or slab, is fluctuations in the moisture content of the soil. If the soil beneath a foundation swells uniformly or shrinks uniformly, it is unlikely to cause a problem. When only part of the foundation moves, though, you’re likely to see signs of damage.
Your efforts will pay off
One of the best things about home ownership is that your investment typically appreciates over time. To support that appreciation, though, the home must be well-maintained. It’s especially important to check these aspects of your home when going to market. When selling, you’ll likely have to do the work anyway or accept a lower price to compensate for the house’s condition.
I can give you objective advice about other aspects of your home that may need fixing or upgrading to make the sale.
Pictured above: SOLD! This listing in Northwood closed earlier this week. My Nix Realty Company colleagues Molly Wilkes had the listing, and Laura Hobbs brought the buyer. Congratulations to all parties!