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5 TOP TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SALE
As this wonderful sunny season slowly begins to fade and we put away barbecues and beach toys, many will start to think about listing their home to take advantage of the disappearance of buyers’ summer distractions. A lot of people ask me to offer suggestions for preparing their home to sell. In general, we all tend to be curious about what really gives our homes maximum appeal. Although different factors will tend to draw different people, essentially, there are a small number of things that will make a definite impression on people who visit your home.
For one of the best investments in time, energy and money, be sure to get your home in top condition for showings. This will increase its value, maximize buyer interest and ultimately lead to your home’s timely sale. Be proactive by using these 5 top tips to get your home ready to stand out from the others! These suggestions have worked well for my clients and I am confident they will help you expedite the sale of your own home.
1. A Pre-Sale Home Inspection
Arrange for a pre-sale home inspection. For $250 to $400, an inspector will warn you about troubles that could make potential buyers balk. Make repairs before putting your home on the market if you can afford them. Please note that you must disclose any significant issues that the inspection turns up on your Property Disclosure Statement (PDS).
2. Get Replacement Estimates
If your home inspection uncovers necessary repairs that you can’t afford to make, get estimates for the work. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home and the repairs. Also track down warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for your furnace, hot water tank, washer and dryer, dishwasher and any other appliances or items you expect will remain with the house when you move. Put all of these in a binder with sheet protectors and show them to your listing REALTOR. This is very helpful to potential buyers and gives your REALTOR the most comprehensive information to offer as they market your home.
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