Order Your Own Inspection
A pre-listing home inspection is the first step to prepare your home for sale. An inspection is a standard part of any real estate transaction, but it is usually initiated by the buyer after an offer is placed. However, there is nothing stopping you from ordering a seller’s home inspection to evaluate the home before you list it.
This service is called a pre-listing inspection and is offered by most professional home inspectors. You’ll receive a report detailing the condition of the various systems and components in the home. By ordering this service in advance, you won’t be surprised by the results of the buyer’s inspection. You’ll have the information you need to prioritize the most important repairs before listing the home for sale.
If the inspection report shows no significant issues, use it as a marketing tool and share the report with potential buyers. A buyer may even accept it as the only inspection during the process, moving the transaction along more quickly.
Hire a Real Estate Agent
A real estate agent is a valuable partner when getting your home ready to sell and throughout the sale process. He or she will help you list the home, set the price, meet with buyers, handle negotiations, and manage paperwork.
Decide What to do About Any Serious Issues
You may know about existing serious issues with your home that you’ve put off repairing. If this is the case, the problems will need to be addressed one way or another. Buyers don’t want to inherit a problem with their new home unless it makes financial sense. Once they learn of issues with the home, they will likely ask that the list price is lowered to account for future repairs.
The best-case scenario would be to fix the problem before the buyer ever has the chance to see it, but this is not always realistic. If you don’t have the funds to put into the repairs, be upfront about them and lower the asking price.
Making Cosmetic Repairs Can Pay Off
Hopefully, your home doesn’t have serious issues, but any home that has been lived in will probably have a few cosmetic flaws. The good news is that these are usually easy and inexpensive to repair, often as a DIY project.
While you may not see the point of fixing small flaws that aren’t a threat to the home’s integrity, doing so pays off. A potential buyer will find a home more appealing when he or she can’t see any visible problems while taking a tour. Make the home look flawless on the inside and outside.