Summer is in full swing and, for many this marks the beginning of their home maintenance routines. While you may have a lot of no-brainer items to tick off of your to-do list, such as checking your HVAC filters and making sure it’s not cluttered, anyone who’s looking to sell their home in the near future is going to have many other items to consider checking as well.
Check out the following summer home maintenance tips to help boost the value of your home:
1. Window Treatment
One way to freshen up your home and boost a potential buyer's appeal is to simply update your windows. Updating to energy efficient, properly-sealed windows will not only lower the overall maintenance of your house, but it will add that extra bit of curb appeal too.
The bathroom and the kitchen are the two places in your home that, when it comes to plumbing and upgrades, you will see some of the biggest profits. Updating your home to have water and power efficient appliances and fixtures will not only help you save on energy but will leave a lasting impression as well.
“Interior decorators and contractors all agree that smart and green are here to stay. Appliances like tankless water heaters not only drive down your utility bills, they will leave a positive impression on homebuyers,” says Elmer Zubiate of On Time Elmer Plumbers.
Summer is the best time to switch to a more modernized, central air conditioning system. Window units not only run down your home’s value but, they are also extremely costly to run.
“It’s critical as a homeowner to always be thinking about how to invest in your home to preserve and increase its value. HVAC systems are an often overlooked but a powerful way to do this,” says Benjamin Hubbert, owner of Champion AC.
4. Carpet Cleaning
Even if you have the cleanest household, over time, your carpets can get very dirty. The longer you wait to get your carpet properly deep cleaned by a professional, the more difficult it will be to get your carpet back to the way it looked when your home was new. If you’re wanting to save money and not go through the hassle of having your carpet replaced, invest in a professional cleaning at least once a year.
“Giving your home that brand-new feeling is one of the quickest ways to sell a home,” says David Diharce of Steamatic Carpet Cleaners.” By properly maintaining your carpets, this will be much easier to achieve once it’s time to show your home to potential buyers.”
5. Termite Control
The warm summer temperatures make this season the best time for homeowners to get a termite inspection completed. In many jurisdictions across North America, it’s considered standard practice for the seller to provide any potential buyers documentation stating that their home is a termite-free environment.
“There’s no upside to trying to hide a termite invasion or termite damage,” says Terri Bacchetti of Dustin Pest Control. “It’s best to get in front of it as soon as you detect the first sign of trouble.”
6. House Painting
If it’s a while since your home has had a new makeover, you may want to consider calling in a professional painter to put a new coat of paint on your home for that fresh, new look. Painting is the simplest and most impactful home improvement you can do to maintain the value of your home and protect your investment. This is especially true if you’re looking to list your home for sale. For the best return, consider neutral-colored walls inside, gloss-white trim, updated kitchen cabinets, and a refreshing coat of paint that really pops for the exterior and front door of your home.
Ronald Robbins is a copywriter with Leadhub, a home services marketing firm in San Antonio, Texas. When he's not in front of the computer, you can find him writing short stories or laying on a beach somewhere and enjoying the sun.