Six Tips for Spring Selling Success
When preparing your property for the spring sale, direct your attention to each and every corner because you never know what lays beneath the surface. Here are some useful suggestions on where to look to prepare your property for the spring sale.
Checking for water damage
Water damage is more common than you think, so spend time checking all wet areas around your house by looking under every basin and inspecting every pipe for any leaks or noticeable residue of leaks. Checking these wet areas can give you a mouldy surprise, but you will also be able to see if anything needs to be repaired.
Turn on the taps
Next would be to check the water itself by turning on all taps in each room to check water pressure, leaks, drainage, and the water colour. Rusty or murky water can indicate potential issues with the pipes and should be checked out. Same goes to the water tank – check if there are any leaks or rust and if it’s old, maybe it’s worth replacing.
Paint on the walls
As you reside at your house, it will go through natural wear and tear, and you might even notice some cracks on the walls. The good news is that usually, it’s easily fixed with a fresh coat of paint. It’s best to keep the colours simple, by using neutrals, whites or greys which will freshen up your living space.
Generally, small cracks are cosmetic problems and expected over time but if any cracks are wider than 2mm, you should investigate further to make sure they’re not caused by a greater, structural problem.
Don’t forget to look up
Checking your ceiling is as important as anything else. Make sure to look closely at your ceiling and investigate any cracks or sagging to cross out any major problems that could literally come crashing down.
Check the windows
How well do your windows open? How well do they close? Are there any creaking sounds? These are some of the questions to consider when checking your windows. Firstly, look at the windows to see if there are any noticeable signs of cracks or damage. If you notice that the windows don’t open as easily, it could be a sign of rust or warping. In case your windows are made of wood, feel around to check if the frame has softened as it might indicate that the wood is beginning to rot.
Looking from the outside
The exterior of your home is the very first impression it makes on the buyer, so observe any cracks or any other cosmetic maintenance that can be done to enhance the appearance of your property. If you notice any unevenness of your house, it can indicate that the house’s foundation is on the move as it settles in the soil.
While outside, grab the ladder and look out for old, faulty gutters as they can cause huge damage to the property. Checking downpipes is also important, so ensure they aren’t blocked and are directed into correct drainage.
Keep an eye out for creepy crawlies
The last stop to checking your property’s main maintenance spots is inspecting for any signs of pests. Look for any droppings, bite marks, sagging floors, and hollow beams that could indicate trespassing of rats, termites, roaches, and other guests. If you notice anything that could point to uninvited guests, arrange for a professional pest inspection.
If you are unsure about checking the condition of your property, it is a good idea to have a qualified building inspector to check your house to ensure you haven’t missed anything and that nothing is going on beneath the surface.
Refreshing your property with these maintenance tips can improve its value on the market. Preparing to sell this spring? Make sure to download the Instant Property Report to jump on the spring market.