Spring isn’t quite here yet, but you can still start thinking about what you need to do to prep your house for spring and summer. Making a “To Do” list will help you stay on top of the maintenance needs of your home. You can add to this list over the next month or two and we recommend scheduling appointments in advance with contractors before they are overloaded with people who waited till the last minute. We believe that the tips listed below will help you bypass any problem and keep your home functioning smoothly.
Contact a heating and cooling contractor to clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system.
Remove any firewood that may be stored near the home. Firewood should be kept 18 inches off the ground and a minimum of 2 feet from the house/garage.
Examine the roof for damaged shingles.
Check for loose, leaky or debris filled gutters. Also be sure that downspouts drain away from the house and are clear of debris. It’s actually a good idea to ensure this is done early fall for areas like Western Washington; it seems like rain is a daily occurrence out here late fall, winter and spring!
Fill low spots in the ground to avoid water draining into basements. (This is another tip to do in the early fall here in the greater Seattle area)
Seal any available access to under your home. Animals are likely to seek a place for nesting.
Trim trees and shrubs. You want to make sure branches are not touching the house to help prevent damage. Also be sure to remove dead branches.
Examine flashings around the chimney.
Check your furnace vents and also change filters regularly throughout the entire year.
Reseal windows and replace screens.
Examine the dryer vent. Make sure it is clear of lint to prevent a fire.
If you have a range hood, be sure it is clear of any debris.
Spring clean the interior of your home. Wash windows, clean the grout in the tile, shampoo carpets and unclutter.
Hopefully these tips help you get prepared for spring. Start your list, set your appointments for anything that you may need professional assistance with and stay on track to complete the tasks at hand. After all that is out of the way, ENJOY all that spring and summer have to offer!
If you’re looking to sell or buy a home, please contact us. We are more than happy to help!
Pointers for Selling Your Home
Selling your home can be very stressful. But there are some things you can do to try to alleviate the anxiety, making the process run as smoothly as possible within the means of your control and obtain the best sale price for your home.
1.Find the right agent. Talk to friends and family for referrals. You may need to meet with more than one agent before you find the right fit.
2.Be reasonable when setting an asking price. Your agent will discuss your needs and expectations while considering the research they have done when determining a sales price.
3.Good photos on multiple websites will yield more interested buyers.
4.First impressions set the expectations. Home buyers often drive by a home before setting a viewing appointment. The outside of your home often determines whether it will be shown to a potential buyer. Be sure your yard is nicely landscaped and tidy. A clean walkway and door is very important. There are times you may need to enhance the home if it means a higher profit. Your agent will guide you in a direction that is best for you and the sale of your home. You should not be asked to do anything that is not necessary. It is ok to question your agent, but keep in mind, they are here to help you make the right choices within your means.
5.Be sure to declutter and clean the home. This may difficult for the home owner but it is important depersonalize and declutter the house. The potential homebuyers need to be able to envision their own furniture and belongings in the home. They want to make an emotional attachment, as I’m sure you did during your own home buying experience.
6.Stage the house to show how rooms are supposed to be used. Each room should have a role. If there is an odd room, give it a purpose. This helps homebuyers see how the home will benefit their personal needs.
7.Tidy and empty the garage as much as possible.
8.Make obvious repairs inside and outside of the home.
9.Be flexible for showings. Keep your home show ready. Leave the home during showing so the potential buyers are more comfortable and don’t feel like they are intruding and rushed; this includes leaving your lights on. Let your home shine! They will also feel more comfortable to talk about the home and take better mental notes.
10.Remove or kennel pets.
11.Be sure to eliminate any bad odors.
Following these steps will help your stress levels stay to a minimum, obtain the best sales price, and reduce the amount of time the home stays on the market.