“I need to get a dry rot problem repaired before we list our home for sale, when can you start”
I have been getting several calls like this one, homeowners wanting to have their home fixed before putting the home on the market. Is this a good idea? I don’t know, call your realtor. I’m not real sure what is driving this trend, but it is something that is growing in the Sacramento area. I have a few opinions about this trend.
It is good that the owners want to get the property ready and in tip-top shape from the very start. I have seen property inspections and termite reports done even before choosing an agent to sell the home. Maybe this helps the owner feel like they are a part of the sale of the home, or that they can be more prepared for any surprises that may come up. On at least one occasion this week, I have suggested that the seller find an agent before going any further. (I heard some things here at ActiveRain that needed to be expressed to the seller)
Another thought that comes to mind has to do with the agent listing the home. We choose a real estate agent for a number of reasons. They are experienced with all the particulars of the transaction, including the property and dry rot repairs. The agent has a list of property inspectors, termite companies, and contractors who they know and trust. They know financing, market values, and will do their best to sell the property. The agent is willing to do all of this for a small percentage of the sale, why muddle up their jobs by helping. J
Personally, I’ll do the work whenever asked. It just seems like an interesting trend – Doing the dry rot repairs before finding an agent.