Selling or buying a home can be a confusing and daunting process for first-timers and veterans alike. There are lots of moving parts, negotiations, updates, and meetings to be organized. The last thing you want to deal with is an inconvenient maintenance pitfall to make things worse or delay the sale. Here we’ll unpack the most common maintenance pitfalls and show you how to avoid these when selling or buying your next home.
- Fix the Little Things
If you are selling your home, you might want to fix all those little things that you’ve let slide. When in your own home it’s easy to live with certain inconveniences like a loose door handle, leaky faucet, sticky window frames, or wobbly bathroom fan. But to a potential buyer, these minor things will stand out at their first impression of the house and may signal that you haven’t looked after the property well. Time to sweat the small stuff.
- Get Down and Dirty
When was the last time you checked the crevices of your home? You know, the crawl space, deep recesses of the attic, floorboards, etc… These spaces get less attention as they are less visible and rarely checked. When buying a home, however, buyers will want to (and should seek out) be aware of any issues in these areas. If you are buying, be sure to check these out and stay current with home warranties.
- Pests Be-Gone!
You may – or may not – be aware of pests in your home. This includes mice, roaches, and other pests that may have infiltrated certain areas. Remove the pests and make sure to prevent their return as best as you can before selling the home. Buyers: pay attention to any strange odors or other signs of pest behavior. Once you buy, they’ll be your problem.
How does your home stack up against these common maintenance issues? For sellers, you’ll want to present your house as best as possible to make the final sale. Staging and photos on the internet can be a great start, but you’ll want your prospective buyers to feel right at home when they come to see the house – not imagine the laundry list of fixes they’ll be making once they buy. And for buyers, keep your eyes peeled for these commonly overlooked maintenance issues when searching for your new home. If your dream home has these issues, bring them up in negotiations and find a fix that works for everyone.