April showers bring May flowers, but they may also make pre-existing damages to your home bloom out of nowhere. Hampton Roads has more than its share of historic houses. Here are some tips that will give your old house feel like new.
Find and Fix Roof Leaks
Nearly everyone who has lived in an older home knows the rainy day dread of wondering exactly how much water has found its way into their house while they were at work. If you’ve ruled out interior sources, it’s probably a roof leak. Methods will vary depending on what type of roof you have, but the good news is that many roof leaks can be repaired by the homeowner with roofing cement, caulk, and - of course - determination.
Give It Some Color
Your walls would love a new coat of paint! Take the color wheel for a spin at your nearest hardware store and pick out neutrals and soft colors for each room. Sage, periwinkle, and butter yellow jazz up a room without being too loud. If you don't want
Repair Broken Appliances
Is your refrigerator running? You might be used to keeping your perishables in a cooler because the fridge rarely gets below room temperature, but potential buyers definitely aren’t. We hope you won’t have to replace them outright, but if you’re serious about selling, it’s well worth it. While you're at it, give leaky faucets some love and make sure your HVAC is in tip-top shape.
Make it Modern
There's a big difference between classic and dated. We all have things we like, but we're willing to bet that if walking into your house is like taking a time machine to 1974, you're not going to get much interest. From light fixtures to window treatments, if it's behind the times, it's time to let it go.
We hope these tips help you make your old home as functional as it is charming! When it's time to sell, your Chandler Realty is standing by to help. Contact us today!