Right alongside the warmer weather and the flowers and the birds, comes the buyers!!! That’s right folks, no better time to be ready and make your home shine as spring is the preferred time for buyers to shop around.
Spring is officially here!!!!!!
Now, you weathered the winter well, but, did your home? This is the time to ensure you take care of any maintenance issues caused by the harsh weather, or even a couple of others that were left behind from the last season.
Look, the last thing buyers want to see when they are looking for a place to create roots are problems, specifically problems that are easy to fix. So don’t wait the home inspection for these issues to surface. Identify them and fix them early.
Even if you are not planning on selling right away, maintaining your home through the seasons will make it easier for you down the line and will also maintain the value of your property. One thing we know for sure, almost all issues encountered in a home inspection are a result of deferred maintenance, so let’s get to it, shall we?
Here is a checklist to follow when inspecting your home for winter damage:
Replace HVAC air filters
Clean and inspect window screens for damage.
Look for moisture in the basement and crawl space.
Trim brush around the unit
Inspect the air ducts for buildup of mold, allergens or debris.
Make sure your sump pump is in working order.
Inspect gutters and downspouts for damage and debris.
Trim trees and shrubs that are near the house.
Inspect caulking around doors and windows for damage or wear.
Inspect wooden decks, railings, windowsills and steps
Pressure wash patios, decks, driveway / walkways, and outdoor furniture.
Inspect outdoor sprinkler heads for damage from snow plows or cold weather.
Inspect and tune up any lawn maintenance equipment.
Clean debris from foundation vents and window wells.