So you want to sell your house and move onto your next dream home?
Once you have made the decision to sell your home, there are a lot of moving pieces to navigate. The big question is how difficult is it going to be to get to the closing table, are any issues going to surface during the home inspection, and how much money is it going to cost to get there?
Before You List, Get A Home Inspection!
Eventually, your buyers are going to conduct a home inspection. You may as well avoid any surprises from what they discover and find it first with a Pre-Listing Home Inspection. Learn more about our inspection services.
Having a home inspection performed ahead of time helps in many ways:
- It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical and neutral third party.
- It alerts you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
- It may alert you to items of immediate concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
- It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that ...
- Defects won't become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
- There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy Permit.
- You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
- It helps you to price your home realistically.
- It may relieve prospects' concerns and suspicions.
- It may encourage the buyer to waive his home inspection contingency.
- It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
Control The Home Inspection Process
By taking control of the home inspection process from the get go, you can be proactive in the process. Repairs can be made on your own terms, by contractors you choose, and for a price you agree to.
If you wait until the closing process, oftentimes you are at the mercy of the first contractor who has time to complete the job, or the buyer requests a specific contractor make the repairs, and that may come with a higher price tag.
Get Experienced Help From a Realtor®
One of the most valuable things to do, is to work with a knowledgeable and licensed Realtor®, who is experienced working in your area. Finding the right match may seem overwhelming, but one of the best ways is to get referrals from trusted friends, family and coworkers. Once you have a realtor or two in mind, sit down with them, get to know them, and see if they are going to mesh well with your needs. Once you have agreed to allow them to work for and represent you in the sale of your home, they can guide you through a lot of suggestions they recommend be done to the house to maximize the interest from buyers. These may include a fresh coast of paint, updated landscaping, or upgrades to a bathroom, kitchen, or floors. These are all the things that help potential buyers fall in love with your home, make an offer, and maximize your sales price.