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.