Prepping Your Home To Sell

Top Overlooked Home Prep Steps that Can Help you Sell Your Home Faster and Easier

Thinking about selling your home this spring or summer? You probably already have a pretty long prep list to make sure your home looks its very best before it goes on the market.  Common home prep steps could include touching up paint, having the carpets steam vacuumed, and thoroughly cleaning the grout between floor tiles.

Even with everything you’re already planning to do, your prep list may still not be complete. Below are four of the most overlooked home prep items. Addressing each area on the list will make your home more attractive and inviting for prospective buyers and may even be the tipping point for a sale.

  • Decks

Even the most well-constructed deck will need to be reviewed for loose nails and screws, as well as warping or rotting wood. Replace any damaged wood that poses a safety risk and tighten any loose screws or nails. For easy cleaning, consider using a power washer. This will get rid of the dirt and grime that naturally collects throughout the year on decks. If it’s been a while since you’ve sealed and waterproofed your deck, you may also want to consider doing this or having a professional deck staining and sealing company like Best Rate Repair do it for you.

  • Roof and rain gutter annual inspections

Clogged or dirty gutters will make a poor impression on homebuyers. They may assume the way you treat your gutters is how you maintained the rest of the house. Use a power hose to clear debris out of your rain gutters. Also consider trimming back branches that overhang the roof. Not only will this make the house safer (less chance of a branch breaking off and landing on the roof), but it will also give your home more visibility to buyers.

  • Window screens

Are your window screens secure? Are they clean and tear-free?  Window screens are very often overlooked as homeowners race to clean their house before it goes on the market. However, if a buyer is trying to decide between two houses, sometimes the smallest thing makes the difference. A dirty or torn window screen may make a buyer think your home isn’t well cared for. Replacing a window screen is an easy chore and could make a big difference in the eyes of a buyer.

  • Air Filters

Air filters are part of what keeps your home protected from pollutants and allergens. They need to be replaced on a regular basis to make sure the air in your home is clean. Since air filters are inexpensive and easy to change, there is no reason not to add this task to your home prep list.

Prepping your home for sale is a big task, but if you want to sell your home faster and get what it’s worth, then you need to make the effort to show your home’s best face. Don’t forget to add these often overlooked items to your prep list, and happy selling!


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