Why Your Home's Condition Matters
When you are selling your home, the condition can have a dramatic impact on the price you get for your home and how long it takes to sell. Also, most buyers will want an inspection, so it really pays to take the right steps to prepare your home. Here are some tips for preparing your home for an inspection, and for the sales process.
It's a good idea to do this before you actually put your home on the market - you only get one chance to make a great first impression. Be sure to use a licensed inspector - give us a call if you would like some recommendations.
Tips For Preparing Your Home for Sale
- Exchange light bulbs to LED or brighter bulbs
- Check that all exhaust fans are vented to the outside (not into the attic)
- Patch up all walls, ceiling or mortar cracks and be sure to repaint
- Clean all appliances and be sure they work correctly
- Caulk & Seal any windows or doors that need sealing
- Have A/C cleaned & serviced by a professional company/ change filters
- Move everything away from the electrical panel box and the water heater
- Look for rotten wood and replace or repair as needed
- Make sure to call a professional and get a termite inspection
- Check all windows, making sure they all work properly
- Caulk & seal tubs and showers
- Clean out gutters
- Check all GFCI outlets and make sure they function
- Prune any trees away from the and make sure branches are not touching roof
- Collect all paperwork for any work that had been done to your home, warranty information, manuals, furnace inspections, receipts for roof repairs, etc. that the buyer may ask for and want to have or review.