You have your property listed and you're now under contract. There is a buyer that has now made an offer and you're under contract. Here are five simple inexpensive things you can do as the seller to make the inspection day go a little smoother.
Replace CO2 & Smoke Alarm Batteries
When was the last time you changed all of the batteries in the smoke and CO2 alarms? If you don't know the answer to that question, it is a good idea to replace them all and test each one to make sure they are working. What if only one doesn't work and has a dead battery? You're already up there, just replace all the batteries so you don't have to worry about it.
If your alarms are older and yellow in color it's a good idea to replace them all as it will be called out by the Home Inspector.
ProTip - Set a reoccurring reminder in your digital calendar to replace all batteries when the time changes (daylight savings).
Replace Burnt Out Light Bulbs
I remember when I was selling my house and I replaced all of the outages. We had our first private showing and the clients agent called my realtor. Two of the light bulbs were out. If you're replacing vanity lights etc., just replace them all with fresh new bulbs. You want potential buyers to see themselves in this bright beautiful space and not focus on the little things.
Re-caulk; Sinks, Bathtubs, and Showers
Re-caulking all of the sinks, bathtub, and showers is a great way to freshen it up and give it a clean glow. Click HERE for a quick DIY how to.
Change Your Furnace Air Filter
Nothing says delayed maintenance like a nice dirty furnace filter. If you have preventative maintenance records, make copies and hang them next to the unit.
ProTip - Set a reoccurring reminder in your digital calendar to replace the filter every 3-6 months. Keep at least one extra new filter in your mechanical room/closet. Hang a click board in your mechanical room and log every time the filter is changed.
Replace/Repair Damaged Window Screens
If you have holes and damage in the screens you can reuse the existing frame and replace the screen. Click HERE to check out the DIY article from The Home Depot.