Homeowners who are interested in selling their homes in New York may naturally assume they no longer have to worry about home maintenance once their homes are on the market. The truth is that completing maintenance tasks is just as important during the home-selling process as it is when one is living in the home. A few tips may help with maintaining residential real estate effectively when one's house is for sale.
First, keeping up the home's walkways and yards is critical. This includes removing tree limbs that have died, cleaning out flowerbeds and raking leaves. Hiring somebody to care for the yard on a regular basis may be wise if the house is vacant, as this will prevent weeds and grass from detracting from the appearance of the house.
Another important maintenance move is to check the condition of the home's roof and to clean its gutters. If gutters are overflowing, this can eventually damage the home's foundation in addition to resulting in drainage issues. In addition, having a roof inspected before placing the home on the market may be beneficial, because a roof problem will quickly scare off many potential buyers.
Selling residential real estate in New York can understandably be a stressful ordeal, as the process involves many moving parts. One of these parts is the legal side of a real estate transaction, which can be complicated. Fortunately, a qualified attorney can help to make sure that a home seller's best interests are upheld during each step of a real estate transaction. The attorney's ultimate goal is to help the seller to unload his or her home for top dollar and to ensure that his or her rights are not violated at any point.
Source: realtor.com, "6 Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle While Selling Your Home", Wendy Helfenbaum, Feb. 1, 2018