Clean Homes Sell Faster!
As a real estate agent, your primary goal is to help your clients sell their homes for top dollar as quickly as possible. The condition of the home is an important factor, and the reality is that clean homes sell faster than homes with serious dirt, odor or mold issues. Realtors can better serve their clients by identifying issues related to water damage, mold in crawl spaces and more by suggesting cleanup or treatment of these areas before listing the home.
What You Can Do
There are many things that can cause water damage and mold in homes. A plumbing leak that was not fixed, drainage issues and leaky windows are often common causes. As a real estate agent, you can make an effort to visually inspect window sills, crawl spaces, ceilings and cabinetry under kitchen sinks. These are among the most common spaces where you may spot damage from water or even mold growth. You may also determine if the home smells musty or like mildew. If you notice an issue, you may need to educate your client about how this type of damage can impact their ability to sell the home.
How to Educate Your Client
Damage from water is a warning sign for many buyers, and some buyers may cross the home off of their list. This is because moisture and areas that were previously moist are signs of potential mold growth. The area itself may be rotted, deteriorated and warped, and this is damage that must be repaired. Also, the potential for mold growth can be a huge red flag because mold can cause illness and property damage. It can also be expensive to remedy. Many buyers do not want to take on this risk when they could easily choose another home that does not have damage.
After you have explained the situation to your client, you may suggest that they call SERVPRO of Rutherford County. The SERVPRO team can repair damage from water and can remediate any mold that may be present. When the property is later listed, it will be in great condition so that it is more appealing to buyers.