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    5 Things Homeowners Should Stop Doing If They Want to Resell Their House

    16322-an-african-american-woman-cleaning-a-window-pvA lot of your home’s value can be retained just by taking care of the small things. It won’t matter if you have a beautifully renvated chef’s kitchen if your house has a lingering odor. And no one may even enter your beautifully decorated home if its curb appeal is appalling. So if you want to resell your home in the near future, here are 5 things you need to stop doing right now:

    Delaying or avoiding regular maintenance. It is imperative for you to perform regular maintenance on your whole house so that you prevent trouble before it happens. For example, if the wood is already rotting aorund your windows, it means you should have sealed and painted them long ago. If you can’t keep up with all that needs to happen with your home, schedule a general maintenance person to give your home a detailed look at least once a year.

    Smoking inside your home. You may think you’re not doing any harm, especially if you’re smoking near open windows, but the smell of smoke can slowly seep into your walls and flooring and be virtually impossible to erase. If you must smoke, do so outside of your home, away from doors and windows.

    Hoarding clutter. You certainly can’t show a home to sell it if it’s packed full of clutter, but even before you sell it’s important to cut down on all the stuff! Sometimes clutter can hide issues like termites and water leaks, turning them into big problems before you even know they exist!

    Ignoring small issues. That missing roof shingle you’ve been meaning to replace for a while? It may turn into a water leak and significant water damage if you don’t deal with it immediately. That wood damage you’ve been thinking you should get checked out? Termites could structurally damage your home before someone comes out to diagnose it. Don’t ignore the small problems lest they turn into something significant and costly!

    Being slow to clean up pet messes. Ignoring your pet’s messes like accidents or even spilled food and water bowls may not seem like a big deal but can lead to floor damage, wall damage and can cause a lingering odor over time. Take care of messes properly right when they occur to ensure that they don’t cause trouble in the future.

    Taking care of the little things at your house as they happen ensures that when the time is right, you’ll be able to get as much money as possible out of your home!

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