TIPS FOR SELLERS
HOME INSPECTION IS YOUR HOME FIT TO SELL?
Of course, it’s no surprise that cosmetic updates make a huge difference in selling a home. These cosmetic changes can catch the eye of potential buyers that might otherwise pass your home without a second glance.
There are other important factors in selling your home. Home inspection experts agree that about half of all previously owned homes on the market have at least one major problem. The difference in this making or breaking your sale is the maintenance you’ve had done. If you’re aware of the biggest problem in your home, it’s time to address this issue as you look to you’re your home.
THE SELLER’S CHECK LIST
The below points have been identified as the most common things sellers encounter that delay the selling of their home. Take a look at the checklist to determine the areas in which your home needs attention before going on the market.
EVALUATE YOUR HOME’S MAJOR SYSTEMS
The first thing that buyers analyze is the location of the home followed by the size and style. If your home meets those needs of the potential buyer, the second phase is to be analyzed which is basic condition of the home including the structure and mechanical systems.
Before listing your home, an inspection will determine the problems associated with the major components and will identify recommended repairs. The following are the major components that should be considered:
Condition of roof
Foundation including basement and crawl space
Heating and cooling systems
MAKE NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS
Though it might seem overwhelming or that money will be wasted, making essential improvements might actually prove to be easier than you think and payoff to selling your home. Below is a suggested list of basic improvements that make a big difference:
1. Clean gutters and repair broken or cracked gutters, downspouts, and extensions if necessary
2. Trim the shrubs and trees in the yard Regrade the soil that surrounds the foundation
3. Replace weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows
4. Update bathroom caulking or grouting wherever necessary
5. Ventilate the basement and other closed spaces – use a dehumidifier if needed
6. Replace filters in the HVAC system
7. Have the HVAC system serviced as part of annual maintenance
8. Have the chimney cleaned and be sure to apply chimney cap if needed
DETAILS GO A LONG WAY
What might seem like minor details go a long way! Make these small changes to see a big difference:
Repair holes or cracks in the interior
Replace cracked or peeling wallpaper
Replace ripped screens
Replace broken glass
Update light bulbs if necessary
Fix loose railings
Certain safety items are not only a factor for home inspection but also something potential buyers will look for. Be sure the following safety measure are intact and functioning:
Smoke detectors on every level
Circuit Interrupters in kitchens and bathrooms
Cleaned fireplace and chimney
Safe connections for the water heater, dryer and stove
You’ve heard the term curb appeal. Here are the most important factors to increase your home’s curb appeal:
Maintain the lawn
Clean exterior whether it’s siding, or brick
Open windows and curtains to give an inviting feel
Apply new house numbers to the exterior if necessary
Plant some flowers if applicable in season