I am asked many times what are the things you should do to prepare your home when putting it up for sale. Before you even begin to stage the property for potential buyers you should consider having a home inspection. If you have the knowledge you can perform your own inspection, if not it’s best to hire a professional home inspector.
In many cases you buyer will sign a sales agreement with the sale being contingent upon a home inspection. The home inspection is paid for by the buyer in this case. The home inspection is intended to find what is referred to as “major defects” with your property. A home inspection can sometimes make or break a good deal.
I believe that in most cases it is also in the best interest of you the seller, to have and pay for your own home inspection performed by a licensed inspector before you place the property on the market for sale. You are certainly not looking to completely remodel your home, but there are potential problems that you may not even be aware of that would have a direct impact on the offer your buyer would make. A few hundred dollars spent now having these minor problems repaired before you place your home on the market can give you that little edge over competing properties, and possibly get you a better selling price.
So let’s go through the home inspection process so you know what to expect, and what things you can do ahead of time to make a buyers home inspection a non issue for you the seller. Having these potential problems repaired before you place your home on the market can also give your property that little edge over competing properties for sale in your price range.
A home inspectors job is to find potential problems with your property that they would consider to be issues of concerns to the buyer. They will inspect your home room by room and the exterior of your home as well. A lot of the items that a home inspector covers are items that you or your home inspector can cover and can be corrected before you sell your property.
Landscaping: Make sure that all shrubs and trees are cut back from the house, gutters and roof. Curb appeal is crucial, remember your buyer views the outside of your property before they ever enter your home. First impressions can have a huge impact on the buyers attitude.
Exterior: Make sure your gutters are free of debris and that all gutters and downspouts are working properly. Remove any moss or mildew that has grown on the brick or siding of your home.
Exterior door jams: With a screwdriver check the bottoms of exterior door jambs for…