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Fix Air Leaks Before You Sell Your Tampa Bay Real Estate

Dec 6, 2007
Most real estate experts consider the real estate market today including the Tampa Bay real estate market to be a buyer's market. Indeed, the Tampa Bay real estate market has been problematic for sellers on a number of levels over the course of the past year.

However, even recognizing this serious fact, the reality is that even in a so-called buyer's market, there are steps that you can take as a homeowner when it comes to preparing your residence for sale. By taking certain steps, you will be in the best possible position to ensure that you are able to sell your home for a reasonable and acceptable asking price and in the shortest amount of time possible.

When it comes to accomplishing the goal of selling your home in a more timely manner and for a decent sales price, one step that you will want to take is to deal with any air leaks that may be plaguing your home. Indeed, when all is said and done, dealing with and repairing air leaks that might be present at your home is a crucial step in preparing to put your home on the market, including the Tampa Bay real estate market.

Unless you have really spent any time considering air leaks in your home, you really may not even realize how a seemingly well insulated and well sealed home loses heat or cooled air to the outside on a consistent basis. Consider these statistics which break down the percentages of where and how air leaks can cause problems relating to you home energy use.

34% Floors, Walls and Ceilings
15% Heating and Cooling Ducts
14% Fireplace
13% Plumbing Penetrations
11% Doors
10% Windows
4% Fans and Vents
2% Electric Outlets

This data shows how air escapes houses based on national averages. Air infiltrates in-and-out of your home through every nook and cranny. If you eliminate air leaks you will dramatically lower your heating and cooling bills plus improve your indoor air quality.

By taking steps to eliminate as much air leakage as possible in regard to your home, you will have another marvelous selling point that can be made when the time comes to put your home on the market for sale.

The reality is that you will be able to deal with air leaks in your residence for a reasonable investment on your part. Simply, you can resolve many of the more significant air leaks that exist in a typical home for a minimal investment on your part. Indeed, in many instances, certain air leaks can be dealt with by the home owner directly and without the need of hiring a professional to assist in the process.

In the end, you will be increasing the value of your home by eliminating the most serious air leaks that are common in a residence in this day and age.

Remember that the price of the home is not always the bottom line. The bottom line is the price + maintenance + utility bills. The price is the common denominator.
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Lance Mohr is your Tampa real estate expert, with over 10 years of experience and 15 years of investing. Please visit our Tampa Real Estate website and add our Tampa real estate blog to your favorites section of your browser.
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