maintenance mistakes

Are you trying to sell your home in Manhattan Beach? If so, you’re well aware of the real estate market in this part of California. The homes are beautiful, the atmosphere is relaxed and luxurious, and the buyers are picky.

This can make selling your home a little more difficult. However, there are some simple tips you can implement to make the process much easier and less stressful. You can start by avoiding common maintenance mistakes made by homeowners looking to sell their homes quickly and for a fair price.

Want to know more? Keep reading for our top seven mistakes to avoid.

1. Letting Issues Go From Minor to Major

We know how busy life can get. Small maintenance issues that aren’t causing significant problems can easily be shunted aside for another time. These small issues are easy to forget about, ignore, or continuously put off until you “have more time.”

Unfortunately, operating with this mentality is a good way to let small issues become big problems. Of course, you have better things to do. Who doesn’t?

However, the longer you procrastinate minor cracks in the foundation, small roof repairs, or little bits of water damage, the worse the situation becomes. These problems also get more expensive to remediate over time.

Do yourself (and your wallet) a favor and take care of issues as they arise, rather than waiting for a more convenient time.

2. Not Paying Attention to Negative Drainage

Other major maintenance mistakes home sellers make is ignoring possible negative drainage spots near the foundation of their homes. The ground near your home must slope down from your house. When it rains, water must naturally drain away from your foundation.

While it may not seem like a big deal, few foundations are entirely waterproof. The longer water or moisture is allowed to settle next to your foundation, the more likely you are to have foundation issues. This includes:

  • Damaged/cracked foundations
  • Rotting wood/siding
  • Water entering into the home
  • Mold
  • Pests

Fixing negative drainage can be simple enough. You just need to build up the ground next to the foundation to make sure it slopes downward away from the home. Although, this may be an instance in which it’s better to call in the professionals.

3. Not Having the Right Tools for Each Project

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being resourceful. Although, when making repairs, updates, or renovations on your home, you need to think about what’s best for mass appeal to buyers.

This means using the right tools for each maintenance project you take on. The main goal of selling your home is making as much profit as possible, so you’ll be less inclined to spend unnecessary money on expensive tools. However, not using the right tools can lead to shoddy workmanship.

If you don’t have the right tool for a particular job, buy it, rent it, borrow it, or hire someone else to do the job for you. This must be accounted for in your home maintenance budget.

4. Ignoring Your Roof and Gutters

One of the most common ways water can enter a home is through the roof. However, this doesn’t just apply to your shingles, flashing, and underlying structure. This also applies to your gutters.

Obviously, if your shingles are past their prime, damaged, or otherwise failing to divert water off your roof and away from your house, you’ve got problems. We recommend having a roof inspection before putting your house on the market.

As mentioned previously, your gutters can also play a large role in protecting your house against water damage. If your gutters are clogged, rainwater cannot drain or be displaced properly. The water will overflow from the sides with several possible outcomes:

  • Water damage to the roof, fascia, and eaves due to excess exposure to water and moisture.
  • Water damage to the foundation/water intrusion in the basement due to water spilling over the sides of the gutters.

Take the time to clean out your gutters once every three or four months, and especially before trying to sell your home.

5. Covering Up or Hiding Problems

While most of us pride ourselves on being upstanding, honest, and hard-working people, it’s sometimes tempting to take a different approach when making home repairs. This can lead to some of the biggest maintenance mistakes in the industry.

Never cover up signs of damage or other problems with small fixes. For example, don’t:

  • Paint over chipping/peeling paint
  • Paint over or hide water damage
  • Use a rug to hide stained or damaged flooring
  • Use decor to hide damage to walls
  • Use strong air fresheners to mask odors
  • Wall over or hide mold without treating it

Home repairs can be expensive, but imagine how quickly a buyer will back out of a deal if they see you trying to hide problems. They won’t trust you to be honest as you’ve already shown yourself to be untrustworthy.

6. Neglecting Regular HVAC Maintenance

One of the most common maintenance mistakes most homeowners make is failing to keep up on their HVAC units. Primarily, we’re referring to replacing the HVAC filter every couple of months. Failing to do so can lead to a massive buildup of dust, debris, and dirt in your HVAC system.

This will not only make your system less efficient, but it can also lead to exacerbated allergies and faster wear and tear on your unit.

7. Not Knowing When to Call the Professionals

Finally, avoid one of the most impactful maintenance mistakes of relying too heavily on DIY work. Learning new skills and saving money is fantastic. However, when it comes to the Manhattan Beach real estate market, it may cost you a sale.

As you know, people pay good money to live in homes in the Manhattan Beach area. They expect (and are entitled to) quality homes with fine workmanship.

Selling your home quickly and for a fair price may mean hiring professionals for repairs, renovations, and updates. This includes hiring a real estate agent and asking them all the right questions. They’ll be able to give you valuable insight into the market, as well as provide tips and tricks to sell your home efficiently.

Looking for Maintenance Mistakes and Other Home Selling Tips?

Whether you’re attempting indoor and outdoor renovations, simple plumbing repairs, or repainting the entire home, make sure you get things done right. Learn from others’ failures and avoid common maintenance mistakes. And if you need help selling your home or are looking for more advice, we can help.

Contact us today to talk about getting your home on the market or check out our amazing Home Seller Course.