Preparing to Sell: Comestics vs Needed Repairs

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

What's Really Important?

Many times sellers go to great extremes to make a house look nice before putting it on the market.  They may update kitchens and baths, paint, lay new carpet and other such visually appealing changes.  But what about the maintenance issues that relate to the functionality of the home.  A good looking home decor isn't what a good home inspector is going to be looking for.  A home inspection is going to be looking for how well systems in the home were maintained and for any defects that you would want to know about before buying a home.

While the visual appeal will draw in buyers, home sellers have to go one step further in keeping the buyer INterested and that's by making sure to pay attention to what's under the hood (so to speak).  It's fun to give a home a facelift and see it transition from boring to beautiful.  However the buyer and the bank will be looking at much more.

Create yourself a checklist and while some may disagree, a home inspection before listing may not be such a bad idea (but you get to decide that).  By getting a home inspection first and addressing issues before a buyer comes along, well it just gives the buyer the impression that you're a homeowner that really cared about and for your home.

 

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  1. Debbie Reynolds 01/09/2017 12:00 PM
Topic:
Home Selling
Location:
Alabama Jefferson County

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Gita Bantwal
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I hope home sellers will read this post and learn from it. Thank you for sharing.

Jan 06, 2017 07:03 AM #1
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Charita Cadenhead
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Me too Gita.

Jan 06, 2017 07:11 AM #2
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Charita Cadenhead it's a wise decision to have a home inspection before listing....at least you can make repairs and/or understand that there are repairs to be done and price accordingly.... it's never done in my area, but we're always the last to catch on!!!!!

Jan 06, 2017 07:38 AM #3
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Believe it or not Barbara, I thought of you when I wrote this post.  Thanks for weighing in.   Getting an inspection can definitely ward off some surprises.

Jan 06, 2017 08:51 AM #4
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I had a friend that decided last night to let the home she has under contract go due to "under the hood" problems that were revealed in the home inspection process. I love that term, by the way.

Jan 07, 2017 06:43 AM #5
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Hey Debbie sometimes it just happens like that right?

Jan 07, 2017 09:07 AM #6
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