Five things to do BEFORE you put your home on the market!


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Here in Connecticut, the housing market is currently a seller’s market – meaning the sellers are the ones with more leverage. But just because the inventory is low and buyers can’t be as picky, it doesn’t mean you should neglect your home. Keeping your property in tiptop shape is a must and doing routine maintenance is still required – plus buyers will notice and potentially not give you the asking price you are looking for!

You should fix small issues before they snowball into larger problems that could cost you big bucks and kill a potential sale down the road.

  1. Keep up with yard work. Your home’s yard is a big part of the first impression that buyers form. You’ll want to keep your landscape tidy especially as the season change – mow the grass, remove dead trees or limbs, keep up with falling leaves, and clean out any flower beds. A messy and unkempt exterior may cause buyers to think that the interior is also being neglected especially if they do a drive-by of the house before deciding to schedule a showing with their Realtor.
  2. Inspect the roof and clean the gutters. Gutters are a common oversight that can lead to some bigger issues down the road. Overflowing gutters can damage your foundation, and also lead to drainage issues. And, of course, you don’t want buyers to see puddling water as they approach your house. The roof will of course be inspected during a home inspection, but it’s in your best interest to have it looked at prior to selling your home. Small roof cracks can remain undetected for years, causing water to slowly infiltrate your home and damage ceilings and walls.
  3. Service your HVAC. Whether you have a furnace or a boiler, it’s important to have it cleaned and inspected yearly by a professional. You should also have ductwork and filters cleaned as well. And if you have baseboard heaters, vacuum those out, too.
  4. Look for pests. Inspect the interior and exterior of your home to see if there are any holes, cracks, etc. for bugs and rodents to get through. In a colder climate, squirrels look for somewhere warm to go, and they’ll find their way into your property. Stove and dryer vents, for example, should be covered with wire mesh to deter pests and chimneys should have caps on them to prevent bats from getting in.
  5. Wash your windows. This is a big Spring cleaning item, but if you are listing your home soon, clean those windows! Keep both the inside and outside as clean as possible, dirty windows can cause buyers to think you neglect season maintenance!

When it comes to selling your home, it’s important to make sure it gives off a great impression from the start. Doing small inspections, repairs, and routine maintenance now can save you thousands in repairs down the road and prevent you from losing a potential sale. If you plan to buy and sell a home at the same time, make sure to check out this informative blog.


Jennifer Ives-Groebl
Vice President, Senior Mortgage Lender
NMLS MLO ID: 532621

Author: Jennifer Ives-Groebl

Jennifer has been with Litchfield Bancorp since 1994 and was promoted to Assistant Vice President and Senior Mortgage Originator shortly after graduating the Connecticut School of Finance & Management in 1998. Stationed in both our Torrington and Litchfield locations, Jennifer is well known and respected in the local residential real estate community and recognized as a resource for some of the more difficult transactions. Jennifer resides in Torrington and is actively involved in the local community. She is a long time member of the Torrington/Winsted Rotary club and is currently serving as its Assistant Treasurer. Jennifer is involved with Litchfield County Board of Realtors and serves as chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Public Relations Committee. She is also a member of the Fuessenich Park Partnership; and through Education Connection, has participated in the Mentoring Program.