Zillow Advice: Selling Process - What things (maintenance, etc.) should we stay on top of if we plan on selling our home in 5 years? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-things-maintenance-etc-should-we-stay-on-top-of-if-we-plan-on-selling-our-home-in-5-years/428547/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate When you see any signs or ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-things-maintenance-etc-should-we-stay-on-top-of-if-we-plan-on-selling-our-home-in-5-years/428547/ When you see any signs or symptoms of mold in your house, it is important that you act upon it immediately. If you ignore your mold problem, you will be endangering the health of the people around you as well as run the risk of damaging your home permanently.<div style="text-align: left;"><br/></div> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 00:09:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-things-maintenance-etc-should-we-stay-on-top-of-if-we-plan-on-selling-our-home-in-5-years/428547/ 2012-02-09T00:09:00Z Consider your home to be ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-things-maintenance-etc-should-we-stay-on-top-of-if-we-plan-on-selling-our-home-in-5-years/428547/ Consider your home to be a collection of systems, and make sure the systems are in top working order:<br/>1.&nbsp; Roof, ventilation and gutters<br/>2.&nbsp; Heating<br/>3.&nbsp; Cooling<br/>4.&nbsp; Plumbing<br/>5.&nbsp; Electrical<br/>6.&nbsp; Basement/foundation if you have one<br/><br/>Also keep floors in good condition, paint in neutral colors, and windows clean and operable.&nbsp; You're on the right track - great question! Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:49:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-things-maintenance-etc-should-we-stay-on-top-of-if-we-plan-on-selling-our-home-in-5-years/428547/ 2012-01-30T00:49:00Z If you aren't already doing ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-things-maintenance-etc-should-we-stay-on-top-of-if-we-plan-on-selling-our-home-in-5-years/428547/ <p class="MsoNormal">If you aren't already doing this, make sure you change your air filters regularly and have it serviced twice a year. Not only does this ensure your systems are kept at peak energy efficiency but HVAC service companies can troubleshoot potential problems before they become costly. It's kind of like having your car's oil changed regularly. This will keep energy costs down and unexpected repair costs to a minimum.</p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">Equally important is regular pest control, especially if you live in a state that is prone to termites. Having a termite bond on your home will offer protection from wood destroying insects that you wouldn't detect until it's too late, or until a potential buyer has your home inspected prior to purchase.</p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">Another tip I give my clients before listing their home is: get rid of everything you don't want. Now is the time to clean out closets, the attic, basement, under the sinks, everything that can go should. Likewise, if you are in a position to rent a short term storage unit, pack everything away that you can live without until you move into your new house. You're going to have to pack it eventually. This way you get clear out excess furnishing and other personal belongings making your interior space appear bigger and neater.</p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:29:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-things-maintenance-etc-should-we-stay-on-top-of-if-we-plan-on-selling-our-home-in-5-years/428547/ 2012-01-17T19:29:00Z What things?&nbsp;&nbsp; ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-things-maintenance-etc-should-we-stay-on-top-of-if-we-plan-on-selling-our-home-in-5-years/428547/ What things?&nbsp;&nbsp; Home maintenance is an ongoing endeavor, and there really isn't anything that can be easily ignored. <br/><br/>On the outside start at the top - the roof should be kept free of leaves, moss, other clutter.&nbsp;&nbsp; Gutters cleaned at least once a year.&nbsp;&nbsp; Chimney cleaned appropriately, with spark arrestor cap, paint monitored and touched up as appropriate (or all out repainting), down spouts flow freely and away from house. Landscaping maintained (and perhaps improved).<br/><br/>Inside -&nbsp; same attention to detail as mentioned in for the outside.&nbsp; Thu, 12 Jan 2012 21:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-things-maintenance-etc-should-we-stay-on-top-of-if-we-plan-on-selling-our-home-in-5-years/428547/ 2012-01-12T21:41:00Z You have the correct approach ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-things-maintenance-etc-should-we-stay-on-top-of-if-we-plan-on-selling-our-home-in-5-years/428547/ <p>You have the correct approach if your objective is to keep your home in top condition.&nbsp; If you do that, you'll be just fine!</p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 20:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-things-maintenance-etc-should-we-stay-on-top-of-if-we-plan-on-selling-our-home-in-5-years/428547/ 2012-01-12T20:57:00Z