Preparing Your Home for Selling
The economic slowdown, the large inventory of homes on the market, and fewer buyers, today’s seller really needs to be on top of his game in order to edge out his competition. Mr. Seller you need to be prepared to go the extra mile to make your home outstanding. Those days of “well I’ll give them an allowance,” are pretty much over. You want buyers to continue through the door, not turn around and walk out.
Have a Home Inspection. This will cost you, but it will be well worth it. Imagine when your buyer has a home inspection and the report comes back pretty clean. We all know buyers like to bargain with the price after a home inspection, or ask for outrageous repairs, be proactive and you get it done. Ask your agent to include this report in the listing.
Now, just don’t run out and get an inspection. Your agent when he/she came to solicit your listing, looked over your house, and saw items which needed repairing, and gently suggested you fix those items. Please do so. Ask your agent to come back and go over your home again, and make a list of items he/she still sees that should be repaired. Also ask your agent to give you a list of items home inspectors most commonly target. Then check those targeted items to insure they function properly or are repaired. Many items are going to be a minimal cost to get done. Think of the cost in relation to what you will gain by selling your home.
Once you have gone down the list and checked all of the items, made any necessary repairs, call the Home Inspector. You might want to ask what it would cost for a re-inspect. Just in case there are items the inspector sites, you would like to take care of, and then have removed from the report.