Warning Signs That Require Your Attention Before Selling

Deciding to sell your home is a big decision to make. There are often a plethora of logistics to work out, from figuring out where you want to live and finding a home, to preparing your old home to go on the market. Some homes take more prep work than others before they’re ready. As you go through your house, you may notice some warning signs that demand your attention sooner rather than later.

Water Damage

According to The Exterior Company, water can do some serious damage to a house. Dark or wet spots on walls and ceilings; bubbled, cracked, or flaking paint on walls and ceilings; damp moldy or musty smells; and unexplained increases in water bills can all be signs of water damage. To fix it, you’ll need to identify where the problem is coming from. If it’s because of plumbing problems, you’re probably going to need to find a good plumber. The problem could also be coming from leaks in your roof.

Damaged Shingles

Damaged shingles are one of the potential causes of leaky roofs. Shingles are supposed to help your roof shed water, but if they’re damaged they may not be able to do that properly. This has the potential to lead to water damage in your home. Signs of damaged shingles include discoloration, the presence of shingle granules in your gutters, missing shingles, cracked shingles, or curled shingles. According to American Roofing, curling shingles can occur due to age or lack of ventilation. Roofs are meant to last for a long time, but that doesn’t mean forever. If your roof is damaged, have that fixed before you put the house on the market.

Drafts Throughout the House

Homes are intended to provide shelter from the heat of summer and the cool of winter. If your home is drafty, it’s not going to fulfill that purpose as effectively. Drafts throughout your house mean that there are places that should be sealed that aren’t. Heat will be escaping during the winter and cool air will fly out during the summer. The house’s HVAC system will have to work harder to keep the house comfortable, driving up the power bill. According to Anglian, you should take the time to identify where drafts are coming from and repair them so the house will be in better repair when it sells.

Homes will sometimes give you a heads up when there are problems that need addressing. If you notice signs of water damage, damaged shingles, or drafts throughout the house, you would do well to fix those problems before trying to sell your home. You’ll help your home’s value increase and should be able to get a better price for it as a result.

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