Lynchburg Real Estate Tips: Hacks and ideas to get your home ready for viewing during summertime open house season

Karl Miller
Published on May 12, 2017

Lynchburg Real Estate Tips: Hacks and ideas to get your home ready for viewing during summertime open house season

Summertime is creeping up on us here in Lynchburg and Forest, Virginia and if you are planning to sell your house, here are some tips to get your home in top shape for the open house viewing by prospective residential real estate home buyers.

 

Obviously, there are two main parts to prepping your home and getting it ready for sale: the outside of your home and the inside of it. The success of a open house is usually thought of by what’s inside but the outside of your home for sale is just as important. It makes the first impression and sets up the desire to go through the door to see what’s inside. 

OUTDOORS

  • Siding: inspect it for cracks and damage and make appropriate repairs. If you need a quality siding company, click here.

  •  Paint: check your home for peeling, cracking, or chipping.  Repair, patch and repaint now to prevent damage to the underlying materials. To call a professional painter in Central Virginia, click here.

  • Windows:  Inspect window screens for holes, rips and tears and clean them by using a soft brush and hot soapy water. Rinse and put them in the sunlight to dry.sun. Repair any holes or tears, or replace the screen material before reinstalling. It’s a fairly easy project to replace the screening or check with a local hardware store for the repairs.

  • HVAC: Making sure the air conditioning unit is running properly and maintained on a semi-annual basis will ensure good operation and energy savings. Promote good air intake by keeping shrubs and plants around the unit trimmed. If you are looking for a great HVAC company to keep your energy bill low and your home’s inside comfortable year-round, click here.

  • Gutters: clear dirt and debris from gutters and eaves and look for joint issues in the connectors. Damage to the gutters can cause expensive water damage both inside your home and out. If you need a professional to do a thorough inspection, click here.

  • Driveways: Seal cracks in the driveway and keep walkways clear of debris and overgrown plants. A properly sealed driveway shows the open house visitors that you are concerned about important details that add value to owning the home. 

  • Lawns: Test irrigation and sprinkler systems and replace any broken sprinkler heads or emitters. Check for proper water coverage and adjust if necessary. If you need a professional to check out your lawn and sprinkler system, click here.

  • Power wash decks and patios and seal surfaces as appropriate. While you are at it, pressure wash your driveway too. Need pressure washing services? click here.

 

INDOORS      

  • Wipe off refrigerator coils to maintain peak energy efficiency. The coils are located either on the bottom or on the back of the appliance.

  • Empty dehumidifier pans and clean the hoses according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Take area rugs and hang them outside over a deck or porch rail to air out. Be careful to check for color fade if you are putting them in direct sunlight.

  • Adjust ceiling fans for correct balance and change the rotation to the summer setting. Give the unit a good dusting to avoid embarrassing dust bunnies falling at inopportune times.  

  • Decor: Switch out heavy bedding for lightweight summer fabrics. Have the winter bedding cleaned before storing it away for the season.

  • Fireplace: Close the chimney flue to prevent insects from entering and to help keep cool air in during the months ahead. If you need a good chimney inspection to make sure there are no issues or fire hazards, click here.

  • Houseplants: Re-pot houseplants to give their roots a fresh start for the summer. You may need to move them to a larger pot or if possible, separate into two or more containers.Properly maintained and positioned houseplants add to the ambiance of an open house.

  • Squeaks: Check door and cabinet hinges and lubricate any that stick or squeak.

  • Fresh Air: Open windows even on cooler days to get fresh air flowing throughout the home. Get that stale winter air out of the house!

  • Squeaky Clean: The proverbial spring housecleaning might be too big of a task than what you want to handle when preparing for your open house, check out this cleaning company here

These tips will help you set up your open house for success. Tell us what made your open house a success and we will reward the best suggestion or story! 

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