With all of the houses for sale in the Greater Toronto Area, making your home stand out from the rest of the competition can be tricky. It can be even harder to sell your house if you’re not keeping up with the maintenance necessary to make your home look appealing.
Are you interested in learning about the common home maintenance mistakes that most sellers are making? We’ve created this quick guide to help you better understand what mistakes you may need to correct. Keep reading to learn more!
1. Not Changing The HVAC Filter
You may not be aware that you need to change your HVAC filter on a regular schedule. More often than not, most of us end up forgetting to change our filter. This simple oversight can end up costing you when it comes time for you to sell your home. The longer you go in between changing your filter, the more stress it puts on your HVAC system. As an end result, it means that there’s going to be more dust and debris collecting in your ducts, vents, and even your home.
It’s even more important to change your HVAC filter consistently if you have pets. You can easily avoid this problem by setting a reminder on a calendar or electronic device to change your filter.
2. Trying to Make Cosmetic Changes to Water Damage
Have you tried to cover up water damage with paint or another type of cosmetic upgrade? While it’s often suggested that you paint your interior to keep it updated and fresh, as well as to make it more appealing to new buyers, this isn’t an effective or recommended way to care for water damage.
Ensuring that you have your water damage properly remediated is essential for when it comes time to list your property for sale and when having the home looked at by a professional inspector. Sometimes, masking the appearance of water damage can end up accelerating the damage. For example, if you’re painting over water damaged wood that’s rotting, the extra layer of paint can cause the wood to rot faster.
3. Not Cleaning Your Gutters
Just as you should consistently change all your HVAC filters, you should also be consistently cleaning out your gutters. Your gutters are there to prevent your roof from leaking, which can be easily overlooked every season.
You can clean out your gutters without having to hire a professional’s help by safely using a ladder to access your gutters. Clean out any debris that’s clogging them to make the exterior of your home better maintained.
Professionals recommend that you clean your gutters at least twice a year. However, if you live in an area that has a lot of trees, you should consider cleaning out your gutters once a season to remove the leaves and debris that can build up.
Avoid These Home Maintenance Mistakes
Before you put your home on the market, you should pay attention to your house and give it a little TLC. By avoiding these common home maintenance mistakes, you’ll ensure your home is more appealing to potential buyers.
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