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It's Showtime! What To Do and What Not To Do

The sign is up and you are ready to show your home off! In any market, a hot one or not, you need to have your house prepared to show as soon as you are live! What should you do and not do for a showing?

Upgrades and Repairs:

If your home has undergone some major changes since you purchased your home, you may want to list these out. Many people will never even look at these but if they are interested they will. Upgrading your brass knobs on your kitchen is not a big deal to the buyer,but a new furnace, hot water heater or brand new roof is. Any transferable warranty should also be noted.

The list doesn't have to be long as I've stated, most people will not even notice it unless they do and if they do, they are not going to read a long list. A simple record is fine. If a professional was called in to do work, show receipts.

Neighborhood Info:

Not everyone looking at your home is familiar with the area. Show off your neighborhood with any information you have such as if there is …

Mold: A Four Letter Word

Mold is around all of us. Anywhere there is moisture, mold can grow and when it does, it can grow very quickly. So what can you do to deal with it before it gets out of hand?

Control Moisture:

Moisture is an ideal breeding ground for mold. With a little home maintenance you can keep it at bay. Good ventilation can be achieve by installing exhaust fans, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. Keep humidity below 40% and make sure damp area of your home are exposed to dry heat and air movement. Place a dehumidifier in your basement to reduce dampness and moisture levels.

I See a Brown Spot!

Mildew can easily be identified as a patch of discoloration on the ceiling, floor or wall. This is easily treatable with bleach, water and a scrub bush. After cleaning, allow to completely dry. If the wall is soaked and fuzzy mold is growing though there may be a larger issue at bay. It is imperative to find the source of the problem. It could be a leaky pipe or a hole in the roof, the moisture source should be fixed immediately.  If the sheetrock has been completely saturated it will need to be replaced completely or cut out and discarded.

What To Remember:

Be proactive. Nothing is worse than letting something sit there wet. Like a wet bathing suit against your skin too long... yep. Yuck.

Leigh Ann Fisher
Licensed in Virginia


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