How to increase home value: 10 best indoor maintenance tips

How to increase home value: 10 best indoor maintenance tips

Want to sell your home faster for more money? Well, Your home should be a lot more to it than meets the eye. Don't just focus on the exteriors. Check the inside too! Here's how:


How to increase home value: 10 best indoor maintenance tips

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  • Here, we give you the top 10 home interior maintenance tips you can do to raise the value of your home while staying indoors.

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Table of Contents

  1. Home Maintenance Tips: General Interior Maintenance
  2. Fixing The Kitchen
  3. Upgrading The Bathroom
  4. Laundry Room Upkeep
  5. Sell Your Home In Houston Fast: Utility Conservation

Home Maintenance Tips: General Interior Maintenance

Home Maintenance Tips: General Interior Maintenance

Wondering how to raise the value of your home? General maintenance can go a long way. Contact the Houston Properties Team for more home seller guides and tips on how to sell your Houston home fast and for the most money.

Inspect Your Window and Door Seals

Looking out for air leaks getting in through your doors and windows should be part of your interior home maintenance checklist. These air leaks can let the draft in and create cold spots in your Houston home during cold weather, possibly overworking your heating system.

You can hire a professional energy auditor to do this for you, but you can find a couple of ways to “DIY” it online.

Change The Rotation Of Your Ceiling Fans

Indoor Maintenance

Changing the direction your ceiling fans turn can change the temperature of a room. This helps put less strain on your cooling and heating systems.

Counterclockwise rotation pushes cool air down which is good for the summer, while clockwise rotation can distribute heat evenly, which is ideal for the winter.

You can change the rotation direction of your ceiling fan through remote control or simply by using the switch on the motor.


Fixing The Kitchen

Fixing The Kitchen

The kitchen is a vital part of indoor home upkeep because it's an area that is often used. For more tips on home maintenance before selling, contact the Houston Properties Team, the number one boutique real estate team in the city.

Clean Out Refrigerator Coils

Indoor Maintenance

Deep cleaning your home is one of the best home maintenance tips you can do for free.

After vacuuming your rugs, carpets, and the like, add your refrigerator’s coils to the list.

Clumped up dirt, dust, and hair around the coils cause the compressor to work harder and shorten the lifespan of your fridge.

You can simply remove the cover at the back and vacuum, or use tools for an even deeper clean.

Unclog Your Disposal

A garbage disposal unit is something we use on a regular basis. Naturally, constant use can cause it to clog up and smell.

Monthly regular declogging can get rid of this problem efficiently. There are different cleaning methods you can try out until you find what works best for your unit.


Upgrading The Bathroom

Upgrading The Bathroom

Another essential part of doing home maintenance indoors is checking on another essential and commonly-used area: your bathrooms. Contact the Houston Properties Team for more tips on how to sell your home in Houston fast and for the most money.

Clear Your Drains

Indoor Maintenance

Since you regularly use showers and sinks, hair (for shower drains) and food particles (for kitchen drains) can build up, and you’ll end up with drains that don’t really do their jobs.

You can “snake” the drain using a wire hanger, or use a combination of baking soda and vinegar.

Clean Out Exhaust Fans

Like everything else, if the exhaust fans in your home aren’t clean, they won’t work properly. As a result, moisture can develop and mold might grow, which is a bigger headache.

Take the time to clean out your exhaust fans to maintain their hardware. There are step-by-step guides online for both kinds.


Laundry Room Upkeep

Laundry Room Upkeep

Keeping and following a home maintenance schedule can help you sell your home fast. Contact Paige Martin, the number one Realtor in Houston, for more maintenance tips for home sellers depending on neighborhood and property type.

Remove Lint From Dryer Vents

A clean dryer vent is a good indicator of a well-cared-for property if you ever decide to sell your Houston home.

If that doesn’t convince you to give it a good clean, lint buildup in a dryer vent also causes more than 20,000 house fires every year.

Regular maintenance helps it run smoothly and efficiently, ultimately avoiding accidents.

Wash Your Washing Machine

Indoor Maintenance

Is your washing machine starting to give off a funny smell? Do you see small signs of mold or mildew when you use it? These are all clear signs that it needs a good washing.

Get the gunk and funk out of your washing machine. Step-by-step guides online show different cleaning methods depending on what kind you have.


Sell Your Home In Houston Fast: Utility Conservation

Sell Your Home In Houston Fast: Utility Conservation

Don't have the energy to go around the house and clean? You can do indoor home maintenance simply by sitting at your desk and working on utility conservation. Contact the Houston Properties team for a home maintenance guide suited to selling your Houston home fast.

Monitor Your Water Bill

If you have a habit of keeping old bills for documentation, you can also use your time at home to monitor your water consumption.

If numbers are higher than the previous months, you can know to watch out for potential water leaks that add unnecessary expenses and cause potential damage to your Houston home.

Do A Home Energy Audit

According to energy.gov, an average of $200-400 of your energy bill could be wasted on drafts and air leaks. While maintenance of proper door and window sealing can help prevent this, consider doing a home energy audit to help you conserve energy better.

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