Estate Service Times...Two”
Your home is the
star performer in this show. Even the best marketing and promotion efforts
will fall short if your home isn't appealing to potential buyers.
There are a number of things to consider when getting your home ready
for market. By addressing these items early - before the sales effort
begins - you can insure that your home will show its best side to buyers.
Many sellers do not realize the extent of their potential liability
after the sale. While local laws vary considerably, a seller is generally
required to disclose any deficiencies of which he or she is aware. This
is the problem - how do you prove exactly what you did or did not know?
Our disclosure checklist can provide
a starting point by helping you determine which items are disclosure
issues. A pre-sale inspection by a reputable inspector
can be an ideal way to protect yourself against disclosure related claims
after the closing.
Inspections are for buyer's, right? That is a popular perception,
but the truth is that a pre-market inspection can be a very valuable
tool for a seller. Since the buyer is probably going to have an inspection
anyway, why not find out about any problems upfront so you're not taken
by surprise a few weeks before the closing date? A pre-sale inspection
can also help protect against potential seller liability - if the inspector
didn't find a problem it is a reasonable assertion that the seller did
not know about it either.
Clean, Clean, Clean
A home for sale can never be too clean. In addition to a complete
scrubbing you may want to do a little rearranging to insure that your
home shows as well as possible. Review
our home cleaning checklist for some ideas on where to
Most major home improvements don't make sense for sellers, however there
are notable exceptions to this rule. Required repairs, or other deficiencies
that must be disclosed, will likely make it very difficult to sell your
home (and you'll probably end up agreeing to correct them anyway) -
so it may be worth dealing with these items before hitting the market.
Unlike major improvements, many small home projects can be very good
investments for the seller. Generally, the best projects to consider
are those that are fairly low in cost yet provide a major impact to
the look of the property. Check out our list of 10
improvements for sellers for some ideas.
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