That creak may sound like home to you, but it sounds like work to a potential buyer. Here's how to stop the squeak and increase your home's sales potential.
Q: While walking through our house, our real-estate agent noticed that our floors squeaked in several spots, and urged us to repair them. We have lived with the squeaks for many years â€” they are worse in winter â€” but don't want to pay a contractor to rip up our floors. Is there anything we can do to make them less noticeable?
â€” Chantilly, Va.
A: One of the most humbling aspects of selling a home is learning how many of the things that we've learned to live with â€” or may count among our home's endearing quirks â€” are truly annoying or alarming to buyers. Squeaky floors fall into that category.
The good news: You don't have to rip up your floors or spend a lot to fix them.
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Among the many possible winter activities, house hunting may not be the first thing that comes to mind.
"People focus on the holidays," says Julie Reynolds, vice president at Realtor.com, the official website of the National Association of Realtors. "In November, December and January â€” even October â€” the bulk of the activity dies down. It may not become dormant like a lot of trees, but it definitely slows."
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