Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Why You Can't Afford to Overlook the Attic When Preparing Your Home for Sale
August 7, 2015 1:07 pm
Still, if you’re in the process of selling your home, you need to get your attic in tip-top shape. This means cleaning out the clutter, making sure the light works and checking to see that floorboards are safe for walking. Also, if a footstool or small ladder are required to enter the attic, have one available when prospective buyers come to view your home.
When it comes to seeing the attic during a showing, potential buyers are interested in seeing the space for two reasons—to see how much storage space is available and to look for signs of leaks. The more clutter you remove from the space, the bigger the attic will look, a huge benefit in any buyer’s eye.
It’s also a good idea to check out the attic before potential buyers come to visit because the attic is often the place where problems tend to occur. Not only can water trickle into the space via a leak in the roof, small animals and birds sometimes find their way inside through the attic and older houses can have problems with mold within the space. While most of these problems are easy to fix, you need to know about them first.
If you haven’t stepped foot in your attic for quite some time, bring in an inspector prior to putting your home on the market so you can rest assured that there are no problems that will interfere with the sale.
Attics that have been converted into an office or extra bedroom can be an attractive selling point today. If your attic has been converted into some other type of space, be sure to add color (maybe a throw rug or curtains if there’s a window) and help the space stand out by incorporating interesting furniture.
While people don’t generally buy a home just because of the attic, if the space looks sharp, it may be just what your home needs to beat out the competition.
For more tips to help your attic stand out, contact our office today.
Published with permission from RISMedia.