Clean the VENTS before putting your house on the market – Terri’s Real Estate Tip of the Day

Posted by Terri Woods, Real Estate agent with Keller Williams Realty.
Terri sells real estate in Santa Cruz County and North Monterey Bay County.

We have all heard the jokes on dust in our homes.

Remember…a layer of dust protects the Wood beneath it.

“A house becomes a home when you can write “I love you”on the furniture”.

 If you write in the dust, please don’t date it!


Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, minerals from outdoor soil, human skin cells, burnt meteorite particles, and many other materials which may be found in the local environment. WHAT??? Burnt meteorite particles? So that explains it!  (Wikipedia definition)

The same goes for vents in our home. Those vents are often overlooked but dust and grime do build up.  Because we live in the house, we ‘get used to’ the surroundings and we don’t notice things as a new buyer would.

So…. before you put your home on the market, go through your home, dust and/or wash all the vents. Change the filter if necessary. You may even need to do a quick job of spray paint to freshen the ‘vent.’

Clean The Vents - Terri's Real Estate Tip of the Day

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Such a simple task goes a long way when selling your home. A buyer pays more for homes that have been well taken care of.

I like to compare it to buying a used car. When you buy a used car, and the seller has proof of the oil changes, it just gives that sense of knowing the car was well taken care of. Thus, the same is for a home.


About terriwoods

I help people buy and sell real estate in Oregon and California. I want to be the resource for all your real estate needs. If you have a question or even a comment - please feel free to call, email or even text. I take my customer service seriously. Visit my websites at and
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