Here, reallymoving.com, suggests the following tips:
1 Check the exterior brickwork
Check the exterior of your home for cracked brickwork and crumbled cement and repair before moisture has a chance to seep in. Damp can take hold extremely quickly and will be instantly picked up on a Homebuyer survey.
2 Check the roof for wind and weather damage
Check your roof for any loose or missing roof tiles. While doing so, keep a sharp eye out for cracks in your roofing felt.
3 Visit the loft
From your loft space, you’ll be able to make a second check on the state of the roof, looking out for watermarks on roof timbers and any daylight showing through from above.
4 Clean out gutters and surfaces around your home
Clean out blockages in gutters to avoid leaks and while doing so, check for cracks and other damage. To keep the areas around your home safe and looking fresh, clean your paths and patios of algae and other debris.
5 In the garden, check wooden sheds and fences
Wind and damp can cause considerable damage to wooden fences and sheds, so treat them with a wood preservative or paint to smarten them up and prevent rotting.
6 Patios and outdoor areas
Clean the patio and outdoor furniture and set them up for entertaining, to present the garden in the best possible light to buyers. Do some basic landscaping repairs on the lawn, shrubbery, and plants and check the exterior doors and windows.
7 Care for painted walls
The winter weather may have caused exterior wall paint to flake and even fall off, exposing the brickwork underneath. This can really impact on the overall impression of your property, so it is a good idea to prepare the walls first by washing them down and then repaint.
8 Unblock airbricks
Make sure leaves and debris aren’t blocking airbricks and vents, which could lead to damp. Remove any obstructions.
9 Sweep the chimney
Spring is an excellent time to get your chimney inspected and swept by a chimney sweep, which reduces the risk of fires after heavy winter use and ensures it is safe to use for future residents.
10 Adjust central heating to a summer setting to save energy
This is a good time to bleed your radiators to get rid of air pockets, which helps keep the heating system in tip top condition. Spring is also the perfect time to organise an annual boiler service as well, the details of which you can pass on to the new owners.
Rosemary Rogers, Director, reallymoving.com, said: "A few simple precautions can ensure your property suffers no ill effects from the long winter and is looking in the best possible condition when it goes on the market in the spring.
"Buyers who instruct a survey would be in a position to try and negotiate discounts based on repair work which showed up on their report, so a little pre-emptive maintenance will help ensure you get the best possible price for your home."
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