Are you planning on listing your Long Island home soon? Before putting your house on the market, there are a few things you should do to increase your chances of a quick and easy sale. With the help of your friends at Inspecticore, you can be sure your house is in tip-top shape before your first showing.

Projects to do Before Listing a Home

1. Clean Your Dryer Vents

It is recommended that you inspect the dryer vent and hose every six months. This DIY project is very straightforward and only takes about 15-20 minutes. First, unplug your dryer and clean the lint trap with a brush. Next,  move the dryer away from the wall and disconnect the exhaust tube. If the duct tube has two prongs, simply squeeze them together to detach the tube from the dryer. For hose clamps, you’ll need a screwdriver to loosen the bolt. You can use the hose on a vacuum for cleaning the exhaust tube and wall port.

2. Spruce Up Your Deck

If you have an older deck on your home, it can turn into a liability instead of an asset to your sale. However, if it is in good shape, you can easily spruce it up for prospective new owners. Start by power washing the deck to get rid of years of built up dirt and residue. Next, check your deck for weak spots, and make sure your screws and washers are up to code. Finally, check for any rotting wood in the floorboard or railing, and replace anything that looks soft.

3. Replace Door Knobs and Hardware

A small upgrade, like replacing hardware and door knobs, is an inexpensive way to impress buyers and make your home more move-in ready. Try to make every fixture in your home (door knobs, drawer pulls and knobs, and light switch plates) match and show a cohesive style. Brushed nickel is a timeless and clean look for both light switch plates and drawer pulls.

After you’ve completed these projects, enlist the help of Inspecticore to pinpoint any other areas of concern. With a home inspection, you’ll receive a detailed report of the condition of your home – you’ll be thankful you learned about any problems before listing your home. To find out more about us or our residential inspections, contact our staff today at (516) 524-0673 or schedule an inspection online. Inspecticore helps home sellers throughout Nassau County and Suffolk County, NY.

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