Tips for selling your your home in the winter

Tips for selling your your home in the winter
 OMG Ellie 1/16/2019 8:03 AM

For those of you planning to sell your home in the winter, there are a few things you need to do to make certain you can get the best price for your home. One of the first steps to selling your home is to get a home inspection. This is where the inspector will prepare a report based on the condition of your home. A good inspection report will certainly help you to fetch the best price for your home. Whereas, a bad report will do the opposite.

Before you set up an appointment with an inspector, you’ll want to check out these winter home selling tips.

Exterior

As a homeowner, your job is to keep your home maintained and hazard free. Some places you’ll want to look at on the exterior of your home are your roof, garage and siding. By doing this, you can give your home the best first impression possible for home buyers and an inspector.

Roof

Before, you begin checking your roof for repairs it is important to pick a day with ideal weather conditions. If there are any kind of weather hazards, such as, ice or wind; you run the risk of injuring yourself.

If the weather conditions allow, you’ll want to look for potential problems like:

  • cracked shingles
  • Broken rubber boots
  • chimney cap damage
  • Rushed areas around flashing

Besides that, you’ll want to check for any loose or “popped” nails. If these are not fixed, you could have a potential roof leak or shingles falling off your home.

Garage Door

The best way to tell if there is something wrong is by seeing how smooth or jerky your garage door opens and closes. Similarly, look for any hardware repairs like nuts, bolts, rollers and cables that need to be replaced. It is not uncommon to see wear and tear on these types of machines.

Siding

You’ll want to check places around your home that are hit with a lot of heavy amounts of water. These include: overhangs, bay windows and chimney cases. Peeling paint or rotten wood is a sure tell sign of an underlying issue with your siding.

By checking your exterior you can get a head start on your home inspection and save yourself the pain of finding hidden costs around your home.

Interior

Not only do you want to check your home’s exterior but also check its interior as well, this includes looking at plumbing, flooring and appliances around your home.  

Plumbing

To ensure that all the plumbing connections are working properly, you should address leaky faucets and toilets. The best resource to find where a leak is coming from is to use your water meter. By using your water meter you can turn off the water to the house and determine if you have a leak inside or underground.

Flooring

By far, this is one of the easiest things to fix in your home. Start by carefully observing any tiles or wooden floor cracks or holes. Generally, the kitchen and bathroom floors have the most wear and tear on them. However, it can be fairly easy to repair them. Finally, you’ll want to clean them and prep them for a clean workspace for an inspector.

Other things you should look for are:

After you have inspected all these areas, just go through the entire home and look for the broken knobs, locks, hinges and window sliders. Lastly, check that your HVAC system, smoke alarms, electricity and waste systems are working properly.

For any homeowner selling a house in the winter can be difficult, use this home inspection checklist to prepare your home for market. You won’t regret it!

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For more detailed discussion and assistance in selling your home in Omaha, get in touch with The Fairfield Team. We are always ready to help you get your home ready to sell!