1) Repair a damaged or dated roof
“Everything starts from the roof down. If there’s a leak or an issue with the roof, that leads to mold in the attic and mold in other places. “The roof is one area where, wherever there’s concern, we always recommend … having a roofing contractor look at the roof from the outside and of course from inside the attic as well.”
The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends inspecting your roof twice a year, especially if it’s more than 10 years old. If you live in a seasonal climate, the best time to inspect is in the spring, after snow has melted; in a warmer area prone to tropical storms and hurricanes, such as Florida, take a look at the roof in early summer.
The cost of repairing a roof depends on the type of roof (flat or sloping, roofing material), the problem, and contractors in your area.
2) Change the grade or slope of a lawn
A lawn’s grade or slope is meant to prevent water from flowing toward the home’s foundation, or to direct water toward a particular area (like a garden, waterfall, or other outdoor feature). Over time, the grade can change, causing a swampy lawn or water seeping into the house.
80% of the issues of water in the basement are from improper grading. “A lot of homeowners think they can tackle that on their own by just going to Home Depot or something and bringing in some dirt, but there’s a proper way to do that.”
Because the type of soil plays a huge role in how easy this is, a landscaping company usually handles this issue, which may take more than just supplies.
3) Trim up overgrown trees
It may seem economical to trim tree branches yourself, but it also requires time, effort, and the proper equipment. Some homeowners may not have a handheld lopper or pruner.
There’s also an element of danger. “Lot of times we see trees hanging over power lines. A tree’s height and size affects the cost of pruning.
4) Check for and eradicate pests
A pest inspector is trained to look for signs of infestations and egress, such as cracks or holes that mice, insects, and other critters might find inviting. Real estate agents often have pest companies they recommend, but you can also find one on your own through online resources.
5) Scope out the sewer system
If you don’t have a septic system, you might assume everything is flowing just fine. But if you live in an older home or have noticed slow-flowing toilets, a scope of your home’s sewer line is probably wise.
6) Repairing a slow drain or leaky faucet
Any drains that are slow or faucets that leak could indicate a larger problem, so real estate agents such as Glover recommend a plumbing inspection.
A plumbing inspection involves more than just looking at the connections under the sink. A licensed plumber will check that all appliances and fixtures are installed to code and that there are no safety issues with your water heater. A plumber also can confirm that your water pressure is within the normal range of 50 to 65 pounds per square inch (psi).
7) Service the HVAC
Keeping the HVAC (or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) running well is another must. A typical service tuneup involves removing dirt and debris, cleaning filters, flushing drain lines, filling refrigerant, measuring amp draw and electrical current, and other tasks.
8) Upgrade your electrical system
If your home’s current electrical panel is so old (think glass fuses) that it can’t supply the amount of power you need, an electrician can upgrade the amps.
Even though it’s understandable to want to handle home maintenance services yourself, now’s not the time to allow for error. Research local contractors in your area online, or ask neighbors, friends, or your real estate agent for recommendations to find the right professional to get your house into top-selling shape.