Buying or selling a home comes with a never-ending to-do list. Declutter, repaint, keep up with showings, and sign a thousand papers, all while juggling your work and family life. It’s a lot to keep up with! Fortunately, there are a few things you can do improve your home’s curb appeal and make it more appealing to buyers, all while delivering a powerful pest control punch. Here are a few pest control tips for selling your home.
Curb Appeal and Pest Control
In some cases, pest-related issues are symptoms of a home maintenance issue. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but a pest issue can certainly be a big turn-off to buyers. In a buyer’s mind, a pest control issue may be an indication of a homeowner who neglected maintenance in other areas as well. Any realtor will tell you that improving your home’s curb appeal is essential to increasing the “sellability” of your home. However, a bit of smart landscaping can do a lot more than attract buyers. It can also help repel unwanted pests.
Maintain your lawn.
Keeping up with your lawn is an easy way to enhance your home’s curb appeal. A cluttered yard or untrimmed bushes not only look bad, but can be attractive to pests as well.
Mow the lawn. Uncut grass is a great hiding place for pests such as crickets, mice, snakes, and grasshoppers.
Clean up the yard. Remove sticks, branches, compost heaps, and other debris. This often contributes to standing water and creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Prune vegetation near the house. Trees and bushes too near the perimeter of your home often serve as a bridge for pests to gain access to your home. Keep surrounding vegetation pruned back at least two feet from the home.
Eliminate moles and voles in the yard. Unsightly and annoying, mole tunnels and holes can uproot landscaping and be dangerous to little feet and ankles playing in the yard. Have a professional eradicate moles, then repair any damage and replant grass.
Routine Home Inspection
Most buyers opt for a general home inspection before they close on the sale. While this inspection is focused on the overall condition of the property and not necessarily pest control issues, it may point out pest issues.
Have your home professionally inspected by a pest control specialist.
The last thing you want is your buyer discovering a pest control problem with your home before you do. As we mentioned earlier, a pest control issue could raise concerns in a buyer’s mind about the overall condition of the property. If you are aware of pest issues, you can remedy them before you list your home.
Have termite stations installed and maintained.
Termites aren’t just interested in homes with wood siding. Having termite stations installed and enrolling in a residential termite program can give peace of mind to a buyer.
Enroll in a residential pest control program.
Not only will a residential pest control program make the rest of the time at your home more enjoyable, but your home will be more attractive to buyers as well. No more unsightly cobwebs hanging around your front porch. No crickets in the basement. And no need to worry about a pest control issue being the deal-breaker for the sale of your home.
Schedule a home inspection with YES Pest Pros.
Ready to get moving? Give YES Pest Pros a call today to see how we can help make your home more attractive to buyers by eliminating pest issues. We’ll remedy current issues, point out potential areas of concern, and make suggestions for what you can do on your own to prevent future pest problems. Use this form to contact us, or give us a call at (812)376-7575 today.