You know as a real estate agent that the first few weeks of putting a house on the market is the most crucial time for selling a house. When you’re helping your clients prepare their home for listing, keep in mind that small repairs and upgrades are often more effective than expensive, time-consuming remodels. The following are some of the most effective repairs for helping a client sell their home:
- Patch cracks in cement: Cracks in cement happen naturally with the effects of sunlight, tree roots emerging from the ground below, and other natural elements. Removing cracked cement and replacing it with new cement can give a very polished look to a home’s exterior and add to the curb appeal for potential buyers.
- Take out old carpet: Nothing says fresh and clean like brand new carpet. Even if a carpet might be clean, it could still be worn out or out of style. Pick a light, neutral color for the new carpet.
- Repair any damage to fences: Fences tend to fall apart over time. Fix any problems in your fence, give your fence a new coat of paint, or replace it altogether.
- Replace or repair siding: Worn out and weathered siding can make a house seem much older than it is. Replacing the siding is an easy way to increase the curb appeal and make the house look new.
- Install new gutters: When a gutter breaks or becomes overloaded with debris, water can spill down the side of your house, staining your siding and damaging your walls. New gutters will impress potential buyers and take away their worries about water damage on the outside of the house.
- Replace the roof: One big concern for buyers is how long until they will have to replace the roof, and how much it might cost. If the roof is already getting close to the point of needing to be replaced, go ahead and replace it. Potential buyers will feel substantially more confident about buying a house with a new roof.
Premiere Roofing is the place to go for home repairs that are affordable and effective for your clients. We repair and install roofs, gutters, siding, and windows with a variety of options that are both high quality and cost-effective. Contact us today for a free estimate.
Window leaks happen for a variety of reasons. Windows are our protection against the elements and they can deteriorate over time due to age, extreme temperature changes, humidity, and storms. Whether to replace a window completely or simply make a small repair depends on the type and extent of damage.
Why Does My Window Leak When it Rains?
- The window sealant is damaged: If you see water seeping in from several different sides of a window, the culprit is most likely an old or improperly applied sealant. When this happens, cracks show up in the caulking or it peels away from the window, allowing rain water to slide into and around the window. Fortunately, this is an easy and inexpensive fix. Simply remove the old caulking and have new caulking applied.
- The gas seal between the panes is no longer effective: Double and triple-paned windows rely on glazing putty to keep out moisture and condensation. When the seal warps, the gas seeps out and windows lose their energy efficiency. One big clue that this is happening is the presence of water building up between the window panes during the rainy season. On a dry day, you can try resealing the caulk to secure the glass to the gasket again. Check that the sill below the window points downward to drain water away from the window. Although replacing the window is not necessary, you might want to do it for the sake of energy efficiency and reduced utility bills.
- Your gutters are clogged or damaged: When your gutters are clogged or broken, water that should be going down gutters instead spills over the side of a house. If you see a water stain along the top of a window frame, this could be caused by leaking water from a gutter that has caused damage to the walls of your house. Check to see if there are any stains on the siding outside your home as well for further clues that damaged or overfilled gutters are the culprit. Call a professional to repair or replace your gutters right away and add caulking where necessary to prevent further leaks.
- Your roof is damaged: Similar to clogged gutters, a damaged roof can lead to leaks around the window when it rains. This can lead to serious structural damage to your home if not fixed right away. Consult with a roofing expert to assess for any damage to your roof that might be affecting your wall’s ability to keep out moisture.
Leaks in and around a window can be a sign of a much more serious problem. It’s always best to consult with a trained home repair and window expert to discover the extent of the damage and whether window replacement or repair is necessary. At Premiere Roofing, we can help you with all your window needs and we also repair roofs and gutters, all at an affordable price. Call us today to find out how we can help protect your home from the elements.