Are you ready to sell your home? If you want to receive the highest value for your home, there are some things you need to do to get the home ready for an inspection. Inspectors will identify key issues that need to be addressed prior to listing the home for sale. Here are some tips from the Watch Dogs inspection team to help you get your home ready for sale.
Tip # 1 – Get the Paperwork Ready
Whoever buys your home will require paperwork showing information about all of the home’s details. Some of the things needed will include utility costs, HVAC system information, plumbing costs, electrical costs, appliances, and more. Keeping everything in proper working condition will increase the asking price for the home. Buyers want to know if a furnace or air conditioner is older and needs to be replaced soon.
Tip # 2 – Make Small Repairs
That leaky kitchen faucet needs to be repaired. All those little fixes that haven’t been done over the years need to be repaired prior to the inspection if you want to get the highest asking price possible. Updating lighting fixtures, adding a fresh coat of paint, or buffing the kitchen floors can all improve the overall look and feel of the home, increasing your asking price.
Tip # 3 – Clean Up Pets
Most real estate agents will tell you animals are going to cost you money. If you want to gain a fair asking price, you need to erase evidence of the pets being in your home. Smells, fur, and wreckage from pets are all things sellers need to consider when potential buyers are coming over.
Tip # 4 – Landscaping
The curb appeal of your home is something that needs to be considered. If you want a good price, clean up your yard. Pull out the weeds, plant some flowers, and invest some elbow grease to make the exterior look great. Keep the lawn green if it is watering season as you want to make the home look as presentable as possible.
Tip # 5 – Take Yourself Out of the Home
What do we mean by this? Take away all the things that personalize your home. Buyers can be intimidated when they see things like model cars, figurines, and collections. You want to take out your personality from the home to give a buyer a clean slate to work with.
Tip # 6 – Make Time for Repairs and Replacements
While it is not expected to have brand new appliances or a roof, it does go a long way to make some repairs that are necessary components of your home. Bathroom, kitchens, and HVAC systems are major selling points and all need to be repaired or replaced prior to inspection.
Tip # 7 – Get Rid of Clutter
One of the worst things you can do is have a messy home when potential buyers are walking through it. If you want to get the maximum value, clean up your home so it looks organized. Removing the clutter is one of the best ways to open up the home and make it feel more inviting. If you have a lot of excess items, consider renting a storage unit to hold those items while the home is being shown.
Tip # 8 – Clean
Next to decluttering your home, cleaning your home is vital. You need to spend time washing down walls with fingerprints, scrubbing carpets, polishing floors, and just making the home look nice. If you hate cleaning, call in some professionals to do the job. There are many cleaning and junk removal companies to do the job.
Tip # 9 – Hire a Sitter
If possible, take your kids to a babysitter or daycare service when the home is being shown. While you love your kids, people walking through your home will not want to see them. Kids are great, but they can wreck havoc on the walls and potential buyers will start looking for small damage if they know kids are around. Plus, kids can be a distraction when a buyer is looking at a home.
Tip # 10 – Take Pictures
A great way to make sure the home is ready is to sell is to have it prepared and to photograph it. Realtors will normally do the photography work, but you should take some professional images if you are selling your home as an owner. Pictures will bring in buyers, but they must be professional if you want to see results.
If you are ready to list your home, call Watch Dogs today for a Pre-Listing Inspection to help you attain the maximum selling price for your home.