The impending cold should mean one thing for anyone planning to sell their home next spring; now is the time to have professional outdoor photos taken to make sure your home looks as amazing as possible in online listings and brochures. Home photos look dramatically better with green grass, potted plants and leafy trees, especially when next to other home listings that are photographed in barren winter landscapes. If you are not already working with a realtor, please feel free to contact me to set up a photo shoot.
Colder weather also means a second thing when it comes to your home; now is the time to finally finish your repair and maintenance check list before you are stuck doing it while also battling the freezing cold. Regular maintenance is a great idea for all homeowners, but it is especially important if you know you plan to sell in the next year. The more fixes you do now, the less you will be doing franticly in the spring and the less a home buyer can complain about.
Here are is a list of a few areas to pay attention to this fall:
- To prevent a costly burst water pipe, detach garden hoses and drain in-ground irrigation systems before the first freeze.
- Clean gutters protect your basement from flooding and protect the exterior siding from water damage. Make sure your gutters are clean and water flows freely in them. If you don't already have a mesh guard to keep leaves and debris out of your gutters, now is a great time to install those.
- A drafty house will bump up your heating bill. Make sure you don't have gaps around windows and doors by holding a candle near the frame. If it flickers, you have a draft. Seal the gaps with weather-stripping or caulk.
- Small cracks in your sidewalk or driveway can turn into big cracks with snow melting and refreezing. Take an inventory of your driveway and sidewalks and repair cracks and damaged sections before winter hits.
- Have a professional inspect your heating system before you need to use it. This helps you avoid the unpleasant surprise of the furnace not starting when the temperature drops, plus home buyers appreciate seeing the record of maintenance dates that are often marked on a sticker attached to the furnace.
Tundi Brady, Medical Partners Alumni, is the Medical Partners exclusive real estate sponsor.