It is hard to miss the media reports this spring that REAL ESTATE is back in the Minneapolis/St Paul area! This good news has many Minnesota homeowners thinking about selling. If you will be listing your home on the market this spring, it will take some preparation and repairs.Even though we seem to be in a never-ending winter this April, it may be time to make the "honey-do" list of spring projects.
Keeping your home
in optimal condition is essential in maintaining property value. Whether you plan to sell your home this summer or not, there are a few
essential things to check, repair and or replace after every Minnesota
winter. As a REALTOR®, I often have to show properties that have not been properly cared for.
Throughout Anoka County, Chisago County and northern Washington County,
the areas where I work extensively, I have seen houses with interior
ceiling damage from leaking roofs, cracked driveways and unmaintained decks
that can be downright scary to walk on.
these are not all foreclosure homes. While I understand it can be frustrating to have to make
repairs just prior to selling your home, not making the repairs means being priced to compete directly with foreclosure homes for thousands less.
If repairs had been made in a timely manner and the home properly maintained, this expenditures before selling might have been avoided.
hindsight being 20/20, I often hear sellers lament about how they wish
they had chosen to keep the home in better condition all along and had more of an opportunity to enjoy the benefit of a well maintained home. It is much
more beneficial and cost effective to assess your property for required repairs on an annual
basis than to be hit with everything at one time when you sell.
Here are 6 spring maintenance tips that will not only beautify your home, but also aid in retaining your home’s value for years to come:
around the exterior of your home with binoculars if necessary and check
for any missing shingles that may have been blown off during a winter
storm. If any are missing or you see other concerns, bring in a
contractor to assess the damage and make repairs before you have water
damage on the interior of your home.
Siding—Power wash debris buildup from vinyl or aluminum siding. Buildup can stain siding overtime.
for any settling or worn boards on your deck especially if it is
several feet off of the ground. If the supports of your deck appear to
be pulling away from the home or if the boards are weather-worn, have it
reviewed by a professional before that first summer barbeque.
Paint and Stain—Did
the harsh winter sleet, snow and ice cause the paint or stain on your
siding, trim or deck to start to peel? Now is the time to assess the damage.
filled with leaves? Take the time to clean out to prevent water
backups. Keeping water away from the foundation is the best way to keep
water out of your basement. If your gutters are clogged, they cannot do
the job and the rains will pour right over the clogged-gutter’s edge
near the walls of your home. Consider adding screens or guards to
prevent leave buildup in the future.
winter’s freeze and thaw cycle can do damage to an asphalt driveway.
Cracks need to be filled or they will get worse. It is recommended that
blacktop driveways also be seal-coated every 2 years when there in an
open area with extreme sun exposure to extend the life of the driveway.
Need More Tips to get YOUR Home Ready to SELL? If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from
a professional REALTOR®, give me, Teri Eckholm of RE/MAX Specialists, a
call or visit my website for a FREE Relocation Packet or Homebuyers Success Packet. I specialize in
acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities
metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the
Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and
Washington Counties in Minnesota.