Your home’s air quality is probably not something you spend a lot of time thinking about. After all, it’s completely invisible. But today’s buyers are actually pretty diligent about NOT buying homes with poor indoor air quality.
One study by UL Environment found that 70% of Americans are actively looking to improve their homes’ environmental friendliness. And buyers are more concerned than ever about hazardous issues like mold, radon, and carbon monoxide.
So how does your home’s air quality stack up? And if it’s poor, how do you fix it? Even if you’re not planning to sell anytime soon, your family can benefit from improved air quality.
Here’s some advice from our years of experience in the Metro Detroit housing market.
Test for and Decrease Radon Levels
Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive soil gas that is naturally released into the air we breathe as certain elements break down in the environment. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer (smoking comes first), so this is definitely something you want on your radar – and something buyers will definitely have on theirs. Inexpensive DIY radon test kits are available at hardware stores and online, and these can give you a ballpark to start from. If you do detect an unsafe level of radon gas, a more comprehensive radon test can be done in your home by a professional for under $500. If levels are too high, a radon mitigation system can be installed for roughly $1,500.
Test for and Fix Mold Issues
Just like with radon, there are affordable DIY mold test kits available to get you started on uncovering this indoor pollutant. Home tests are not as thorough or reliable as a professional mold inspector, who will wiggle into every crevice of your home from the basement to the attic to examine surfaces and invisible air particles for about $300. This process will determine where mold is hiding, what type of mold it is, and what steps need to be taken to remediate it. Often this means removing drywall or flooring, so it’s not cheap.
Change Air Filters
Consistently changing the HVAC filters is an easy way to maintain good air quality in your home. Create a schedule and stick to it. Pros recommend changing your HVAC filter every three months – or every two months if you have pets that shed – so stock up and set a reminder in your phone!
Invest in an Air Purifier
Air purifiers can help remove contaminants like mold, pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, and toxins from the air. This won’t fix the source of the problem, but it can ensure that the air you’re breathing is a bit cleaner.
If you want to sell on the MLS and your home has poor air quality, then you’ll definitely need to invest in some renovations. This can be pretty spendy especially if you have mold or radon issues, but it’s necessary for meeting buyer expectations.
Sell Fast and Move
If your air quality is poor and you want to sell without spending tons of money to fix it, then consider selling to a professional homebuyer like us at Mitten Made Properties. We can make you a fair cash offer, close in as little as two weeks, and we’ll buy your home as-is. Give us a call at (248) 883-3340 to learn more!