As we mentioned in an earlier post, this is a great time to be buying a home. With the economy still wobbling a little, there are some great deals out there. Mortgage rates are still much lower than a year ago. Depending on where you live in Missouri and other variables, there are property tax credits for home owners. If you are a buyer, the time is ripe to make a move. However, you might find that you are seller. Perhaps you need to sell a home before you can purchase the "home of your dreams". Maybe you are required to relocate due to business or some other reason. Don't despair! There are several things you can do that will enable you to get the best price for your property.
1. Get a Home Inspection. While some states require certain inspections be done when putting a home on the market, the requirements vary from state to state. You can save time and headache later by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. Having your home professionally inspected will allow you to find out if there are any trouble spots that would hinder possible buyers. This will give you a chance to make repairs before you start "showing" the house.
2. Shape Up and Ship Out! Shampoo carpets, especially if you have pets. Wash the windows. Let the potential buyer see that lovely view that could be theirs! Clean the walls. Patch gouges or holes. Be sure and clean all the light fixtures. Dead little bug bodies won't help you get a buyer. Cut the clutter! Remove unnecessary "stuff" and pack it away. Put the toaster, blender, and other small appliances in the cupboard. Clean off the counters. Make sure children's toys and dog toys are put away. If you are storing items in the garage or basement, arrange things neatly in boxes or tubs.
3. Estimates for Repair. Your home may have some things that are considered "big ticket" items that may be worn out. If you are not planning on making those repairs, it's a good idea to get some estimates to have on hand for potential buyers. .
4. Guarantees & Warranties. All the manuals, warranties, guarantees and paperwork that came with appliances should be gathered together to remain with the house. A nice touch would be to organize them in a 3 ring binder. A buyer will appreciate a seller that seems to be diligent in maintenance and repair of washer/dryer, dishwasher, stove, water heater, etc.
5. Lookin' Good! Go stand in the front yard and take a look at your house. Is there chipping paint on the front door or cracked concrete on the walk? Do the bushes need trimmed or the flowers weeded? First impressions are lasting ones.
6. Get a Good Realtor. A knowledgeable realtor who is passionate about what they do is important. Lisa Elliott and the Team at Lake Real Estate Pros have more than 20 years experience helping buyers and sellers get the best deals. Our staff is here to answer any questions you might have about putting your home on the market in Lake of the Ozarks. Call us today at 573-365-7332 or visit our site at www.lakerealestatepros.com. Let us take the stress out of selling your home!