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Before selling your house tips!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hamm Homes

Are you selling your home? Maybe you’ve decided to move into one of your investment properties for a change of scenery. Or, maybe you need a smaller home. Whatever the reason for your move, you’ll have plenty of tasks to handle. Thankfully, there are several professional services you can hire to make the process easier.

1. A professional moving company

It's going to be a chore to pack everything and move it to your new location. If you’re moving by yourself, it will be a frustrating and exhausting experience. Although you can ask friends for help, nobody really likes helping anyone move.

If you’re wondering how you’ll get everything done, the best solution is to hire a professional moving company. Whether you’re moving around the block or several states away, a moving company will make your life easier.

Some movers, like Texas Best Movers, will even pack your boxes and protect your valuables.

2. Professional cleaners

If you’ve owned investment property for any length of time, you know the value of hiring professional cleaners. Although selling your own home won’t have legal or financial consequences for not cleaning to perfection, it’s still a good idea to hire a professional cleaning company.

Hiring professional cleaners means your home will be cleaned thoroughly, correctly, and quickly without any effort on your part. You’ll have peace of mind knowing the new owners will take possession of a clean home.

3. A professional painter

Painting isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’ve ever tried to paint your own walls, you know it’s not easy, especially when you need several undercoats to go from light to dark, or vice versa.

Not only is painting difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating, but it’s also a precise skill. One mistake can damage the carpet, drapes, fixtures, or just make the wall look bad. This is why professional painters are insured – if they cause any damage, their insurance policy will cover the mistake.

Don’t risk making mistakes painting. Hire a professional painter to do the job right. A professional will put down proper drop cloths to protect the carpet and any nearby fixtures or furniture. They’ll also carefully mask wooden trim and other areas that aren’t getting painted.

4. Professional landscapers

Maintaining a yard isn’t easy when you’ve got more than a lawn to mow. Even then, you might just have a boring yard. Whether your yard is overgrown or boring, consider hiring professional landscapers to help.

Your landscaping is part of your home’s curb appeal, and if you want to sell your home faster, you’ll accomplish that with professional landscaping services. A pro can whip your yard into shape and install new plants to make it look amazing. For instance, they can dig up weeds in a corner of your yard and replace the area with tanbark and plants that don’t need much water.

A job completed by professional landscapers will make your home look more appealing to potential buyers. Nobody wants to buy a home that looks like a jungle, knowing they’ll need to put in some serious time and effort to make it look decent. Buyers might see a property’s potential despite its current state, but they’ll always be influenced by what they see.

5. Roof inspection

You’d be surprised how often a home buyer discovers a leak in the roof that requires ripping off and replacing the entire roof. In many cases, it’s an honest oversight and the seller isn’t aware of the problem.

Before closing a deal, get a professional roof inspection to make sure your roof isn’t leaking or in disrepair. The last thing you want is for a buyer to back out of the deal, or worse – sue you – after finding a major defect that wasn’t disclosed.

6. A plumbing inspection (or septic inspection)

If you’re going by the book, your home’s plumbing will likely be inspected before you close the sale, but maybe you’re not selling to someone in that manner.

Regardless of how you’re selling your home, make sure you have a professional plumber inspect your plumbing situation or your septic if you’re on that type of system. Don’t let your buyer discover an issue the hard way.

Leave all the hard work to professionals

Moving is stressful, but it can be a little easier when you hire out all your tedious tasks. Don’t do the hard work yourself. Contract professional services and let them do the work for you

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice to share with prospective home sellers.

Take care and have a great day.

Aug 19, 2022 08:31 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

These are all very important steps to get a home ready to sell!  We've all been there.  We show up for a listing presentation only to find that the home is nowhere near ready to sell.  It's a tough conversation, so your blog to the rescue!  All are great tips and will help anyone who is considering selling their home.  Great post!

Aug 19, 2022 11:57 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Will- What a good list you've compiled for anyone preparing to list their home. the key is hire a professional. 

Aug 19, 2022 06:19 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Great tips, Will Hamm.  I like to include a pest inspection as well.  I do not like having any surprises.

Aug 19, 2022 11:36 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Aug 20, 2022 02:08 AM