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Selling your home: Inspecting Before You Sell

Selling your home: Inspecting Before You Sell

Inspecting Before You Sell

Are you concerned about any of the major systems in your house? Have you put off any costly repairs that will need to be addressed by a new owner?

Inspecting Before You Sell Are you concerned about any of the major systems in your house? Have you put off any costly repairs that will need to be addressed by a new owner?
Home Inspection

“…knowing about the issue and getting competitive estimates on how to fix it gives you a distinct advantage…”

If there are any concerns about your property, you should consider ordering a comprehensive inspection on your home before putting it on the market. Depending on the results of the inspection, you may decide to fix the system before listing your house or you may decide to disclose the issue when you list the home. Either way, knowing about the issue and getting competitive estimates on how to fix it gives you a distinct advantage when you are negotiating with buyers.

I’d be happy to refer you to a home inspection service in our area anytime.

Home Staging

Image is everything when preparing to show your home to potential buyers. Staging a home is the practice of creating a “flow” in a home by eliminating clutter or rearranging furniture. Often, just by making small changes, the home becomes more appealing to buyers.

Look through your buyer’s eyes. You have an emotional attachment to your home. A Realtor and home stager will offer you third party insight in how to improve the look of your home and see things that you may miss.

Think open spaces. Make sure you have clear paths into each room. Remove any clutter that gives the appearance of a crowded room. Buyers should be able walk freely through every room in the house. Less is definitely more.

Let there be light. Natural light gives the interior of your home a bright, cheerful feel. Leave shades open, clean the windows and move any furniture that may be blocking the view.

Pay attention to the kitchen and bathroom(s). Take down magnets and school papers from the refrigerator, clean major appliances, clear off your countertops and put away any other personal items before touring begins. Allow prospective buyers to imagine what it would look like if they lived there.

Create curb appeal. Making sure the outside of your home is attractive is a great first step in getting buyers to look at the inside. Otherwise known as curb appeal, you can create a charming outward appearance by refreshing the landscape or giving the front door and shutters a fresh coat of paint.

Nine Overlooked Items to Prep Your Home for Sale

Nine Overlooked Items to Prep Your Home for Sale

Nine Overlooked Items to Prep Your Home for Sale

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1. Survey – Do you have a copy of a current survey of your home? Buyers want to know about property lines, easements, conservation buffers, if there is room for a pool, if the property line extends to the water behind your home, etc. Having a survey will help eliminate potential concerns for prospective buyers.

2. Floor plan or Appraisal Sketch – Buyers often want to know room dimensions as it helps with determining furniture placement in their new space. A floor plan sketch, or an appraisal with accurate square footage of the home, will be extremely helpful.

3. Utility Bills – Buyers want to know what they can expect with their future heating and cooling bills. Review your bills over the last one to two years to get an estimated average for the various seasons, or call your local utility provider. This information can be very beneficial when a buyer sits down to crunch their total costs of owning a home.

4. Termite Bond – It is common for homes to have some sort of protection plan in place – also known as a bond. Prior to listing your home, obtain a copy of your policy from the provider, know exactly what type you have, how long it is in effect, and up to what dollar amount of coverage it is good for.

5. Pest Control – If you maintain any type of pest control on your property, compile information as to who the provider is, what treatments have been completed, how much you pay and how often service is required. A copy of your service agreement is helpful in this instance.
6. Insurance – Buyers especially want to know who a seller uses for their homeowners insurance and how much they pay. With homeowners insurance potentially more difficult to obtain in some areas, going through the existing seller’s insurance company can help streamline the process.

7. Product Manuals and Warranty Documents – Now is the time to gather the various product manuals for all items that will be staying in the home such as appliances, water heater, heating & cooling system, ceiling fans, pool equipment, etc.

8. Service Providers – Compile a list of all service providers/vendors who you have used for any service requirements to your home – lawn service, pool service, A/C company, etc. A new buyer may elect to use them as they make the transition to living in your home.

9. Covenants and Restrictions, Neighborhood Rules and Information – A contract may hinge on the buyer’s review of this information, so it is easiest to have it available ahead of time. If you don’t have these, contact your neighborhood’s association president or management company for assistance in obtaining a copy.

Thinking of Selling your home? Get DE-Personal

Thinking of Selling your home? Get DE-Personal

If you are thinking of selling in this competitive market, one thing that’s critical to helping potential buyers “see” themselves in your homes is to remember this: It’s not about you. It’s about creating a neutral zone that allows others to envision the possibilities for their own families.

The National Association of REALTORS(R) tells us that more than 90% of buyers start their search online and list property photos as a top reason to call on -or skip-a listing. Follow these six important steps before taking those all-important photos and opening your doors to potential buyers.

1. Keep a little distance.

Packing away some of the most personal items in your home décor might take a little emotional distancing. It’s not easy, but it will pay off.

2. Safe keep your treasures.

When selling your home, a lot off strangers ( and hopefully a perfect buyer) will be roaming through your house. Now’s a great time to box up your treasured personal items, heirlooms and valuables and consider keeping them in a secure storage unit until you’re ready to move.

3. Create a neutral palette.

While your child might be all about the orange-mango wall color, it may be too outside the box for buyers. Studies show that lighter colors help buyers visualize their belongings in your house.

4. Don’t forget the ‘toys’.

Children’s playthings, sports equipment and exercise items can all create big clutter issues and personalized space as well. While we’re not suggesting you take all of your kid’s toys away, you might want to consider packing some up and super-organizing what you leave in place.

5. Make space.

Think bathrooms and kitchens. Countertops, drawers and closets. walls and shelves. If you have more “stuff” than clear space, it’s time to pare down.

6. Stay neutral.

Let’s face it. We live in a sensitive world. If you have items or art that can be construed as socially or politically incorrect or inappropriate, now’ the time to pack it up. You’ll have a wide spectrum of personalities through your home during the showing process: neutrality is your friend !

If you’re thinking about selling your home now or in the near future, call or text me today to get a free copy of my Home Staging Checklist. It could help you ell your home for thousands more !

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