Thinking about putting your home on the market this summer? Or just want to preserve its value just in case? Whether you're gearing up for a quick turnaround or maintaining longevity for a hypothetical future sale, there are quite a few things you can do to up your price point and make your home appealing for prospective buyers.
The first thing, of course, is to schedule a home inspection. Even if most buyers will opt to hire their own inspector, having an inspection on record from the get-go shows the sort of transperancy and honesty that starts your sale off on the right foot.
But in many cases, a home inspection is the culmination of a number of other steps home owners can take to get their home in tip-top selling shape and keep it that way.
The American Society of Home Inspectors has provided a thorough checklist that even takes into account the damaging effects of the summer season. Essentially, you'll want to check and repair, as necessary, the roof, siding, deck and outside electrical systems, as well as eliminating pests and cleaning and repairing the damage they may have caused.
Moisture is a massive problem, especially in Florida and especially in the summer. Water damage is so insidious in part because there are so many ways it can get into your house: leaky roofs and windows, plumbing leaks, air conditioner overflow, and even humidity in the air can cause all kinds of damages. And when it comes to water, you want to be on top of the issue as early as possible. Make a habit of checking for moisture under sinks and appliances, around windows and up in your attic. Have your AC serviced regularly. Clean your gutters make sure any outside electrical systems are protected by watertight coverings.
In fact, get all of your systems serviced on a regular basis. Not only will that protect you from damage that might otherwise worsen over time, but buyers will be reassured to know that all those systems have been well maintained on a long-term basis.
And finally, don't underestimate the cosmetic effect. Cleanliness is not the same as structurally sound, but it makes a great impression. Clean regularly to prevent buildup and spruce up aesthetic issues like grimy grout or peeling paint. Plus, cleaning is a great way to get to know the ins and outs of your house, so you'll be able to spot a problem if and when it arises.