Get Your House Ready To Sell - Home Selling
Get A Pre-listing Inspection.
Having your home inspected by a professional home inspector before you list it
is a strong recommendation. This small investment in time and money can
help you get top dollar for your home and avoid buyer remorse.
Eventually your buyers are going to conduct a home inspection. You may as well
know what they are going to find by getting there first. Having an inspection
performed ahead of time helps in many other ways:
Copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any
repairs should be made available to potential buyers.
Be sure the inspector you use is insured and licensed or certified (if your
state requires) or at least belongs to a professional organization such as NACHI,
- It allows you to see your home through
the eyes of a critical third-party.
- It helps you to price your home
- It permits you to make repairs ahead of
time so that ...
- Defects won't become negotiating
stumbling blocks later.
- You have the time to get reasonably
contractors or make the repairs yourself, if you are qualified.
- It may encourage the buyer to waive the
- It may alert you of items of immediate
personal concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation (not all
inspectors offer these extra services, you can check for radon yourself).
- It may relieve buying prospect's
concerns and suspicions.
- It reduces your liability by adding
professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
- Alerting you to immediate safety issues
before agents and visitors tour your home.
You can find an home inspector for Teller County here.
Clean up the outside.
- Curb appeal is the first impression of
your house. Keeping the grass cut and the area tidy will help make a great
- Paint or wash the exterior of the house
(including window casings, shutters, and doors).
- Wash the windows inside and out.
- Check the gutters and chimney.
Touch up the interior.
- Put a fresh coat of paint in the most
used areas of the home. This will clean as well as brighten up the rooms.
- Wash the walls where paint is not
appropriate (i.e. wall paper, paneling).
- Wash all floors and bathroom tiles.
- Shampoo dirty carpets.
- Get rid of clutter. Clean out your
closets, garage, basement and attic. Use self storage if necessary.
- Replacing air filters will help keep
the dust down.
Replace bathroom and kitchen fixtures that
are worn or leaking.
- People will notice a leaking or
worn-out faucet. By replacing these items, you will give a new look to the
- Clean under the sinks. If there is any
leaks fix them. Then clean up the damage using contact paper or paint.
Get rid of any bad smells in your home.
- Pay attention to pet or cigarette
potpourri around the house.
- On the day you're expecting a potential
buyer, pop a batch of frozen cinnamon rolls or home-made bread into the oven
for a great aroma.
Use a title company to handle the closing.
- A title company can handle the title
search and paper work for a very small fee. It is well worth the cost.