Preparing to sell your house means shifting your perspective a bit. You have to start seeing it not as your home, but as a place where others might want to live. As you probably know, there are dozens of things you can do to make the property more attractive to potential buyers.
Of course the initial impression that a home makes is critically important. That is what fuels the drive to improve curb appeal, make any necessary repairs, and upgrade fixtures and appliances. It has spawned a whole industry, devoted to preparing and staging the home to make it more visually appealing, so that buyers can picture themselves living there.
Once prospective buyers get past the initial impression they are looking for indications of the home’s value. They want to decide whether to make an offer, and if so, how much the home is worth. Well-maintained features and systems show that a home has been well cared for, and buyers feel more confident about making an offer.
Keeping up with maintenance tasks, large and small, help a home retain its value. Industry observers tell us that neglecting maintenance can result in a 10 percent decrease in the value of a home. Without maintenance, an average home can depreciate by thousands of dollars.
When the time comes to sell that house, inspectors are likely to find a laundry list of needed repairs, and potential buyers can easily be scared off by the types of problems that will come to light.
A university study showed that regular maintenance boosts home value by about 1% per year, so maintenance slows down depreciation. That fact, combined with the fact that real estate prices overall tend to increase over time, means more value in a well-maintained home.
For the most part, if you’ve practiced good maintenance over the years, it will be evident. Any of the exterior features –siding, roof, landscaping –as well as the cosmetics inside are easy to observe, but what about when it comes to your HVAC system, plumbing, electrical, and other systems? Unless you’ve been able to keep scrupulous records and receipts, you may not be able to demonstrate to potential buyers how well they’ve been maintained.
A sale can hang on considerations like these. Indeed, financing a purchase may be impossible for some buyers when a home requires certain repairs. FHA loans, for example, won’t be granted for homes with structural issues.
The more you’re able to assure the buyer that the home is solid and well maintained, the more comfortable they’ll feel. Having a third party validate your statements about home maintenance can be the kind of assurance that will help buyers reach a decision.
Working with the house managers at Glasshouse can be the ideal solution. We can provide complete records of the maintenance completed on your home, along with information on the age and condition of its systems and structural elements.
Having Glasshouse as your ally means never having to wonder whether you’ve covered all of the important preventative maintenance that your home needs. A detailed and personalized maintenance calendar means that nothing is neglected or left to chance.
Our dedicated house managers make quarterly visits to complete a preset list of maintenance tasks, building a digital catalog of the home’s systems and appliances with each visit. They will also provide informative maintenance reports following each visit.
This comes in handy when the time comes to sell. Not only will you have few, if any repairs to make before putting the house on the market, which can save considerable time, but you’ll also be able to provide the potential buyer with peace of mind. They can hear about how the home has been professionally cared for by the professionals who handled the job.
Preventative maintenance can save thousands in repair costs. It’s estimated that every $1 spent on home maintenance saves $100 on repairs. Explore our site to see how Glasshouse works to make it easy to keep your home in peak condition, so you can enjoy it now and maintain its value so you can find the right buyer when the time comes to sell.
Give potential buyers confidence in the value of your home with Glasshouse.