Think you might try to sell your house in a few years? Then now’s the time to do what you can to make your house market ready, says Bill LaHay in a Universal Press Syndicate story published by the Orlando Sentinel.

While most people have heard of readying one’s house just before putting it up for sale, keeping one’s home maintained during your entire ownership is both a time saver and a money saver, he says.

Among his tips:

  • Don’t let routine maintenance slide – repair leaky faucets, replace cracked window panes.
  • Create a “wow” feature to make your home stand out from the crowd, such as a large bank of windows to bring the light in, or detailed woodwork.
  • Keep consistent when it comes to quality — if you spring for top-of-the-line countertops but go cheap on the floors, buyers will be more apt to notice the poorer-quality flooring. Full Story