A lack of
rain is bad for crops, but good for selling homes. We hope 2014 has
seen you off to a great start!
to examine their property with an inspector's eye to make the most of
a few points you can use with clients to broach the topic of
pre-inspecting their property, which we know some clients have
How to inspect the house you want to sell.
You live in a home, but you sell a house. You have a lot of memories tied up in the wear-and-tear
the structure and grounds took over the years. But, the buyer doesn't
give two hoots about why the walls are marked and there are dents in
the doors. The funny backstory about why the toilet
came off its moorings one Fall Saturday won't interest them (or will
interest them in the wrong way.) They see damage that should have
been fixed, and will drag you back to the negotiating table PDQ (a
technical real estate term) to get a rebate to cover the cost of
Forewarned Sellers are forearmed!
seller, you certainly should start
with a DIY inspection of the property with your rose-tinted,
memory-tinged glasses off and your dispassionate magnifying glass in
every flaw that you think is material, and
be tough about your assessment. You should end up with a
decently long list, unless you bought a new house just a few
years ago and have no pets or kids.
a list of questions to ask.
- Call a home and pest
inspector to run a pre-listing inspection.
all the questions on the list during the
the inspector to every flaw you think
- When the inspections
are done and you have the report, read
every line of it, and talk to your Realtor about each flaw the inspector
an action plan in place to cure
course, your action plan might be to leave a flaw in place, disclose
it, and wait to see if buyers consider it a make-or-break factor, but
you are still working from a stronger negotiating position.
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