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Professional Home Inspection
If a professional home inspection fits within your budget, it is a good idea to have one before you put your home on the market. An advance home inspection is the best way to find and rectify any serious deficiencies in your home.
Since most buyers will insist on a home inspection before purchase, this may help avoid any surprises further into the sale process.
Fix It First
Any improvements to your home need to be completed before it goes on the market. Potential buyers aren’t interested in good intentions when it comes to defects before a transfer in ownership takes place. Buyers will not be able to visualize what your home will look like once the work is finished. They will only remember it being in a state of disrepair.
Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Regardless of what they say about judging a book by its cover, the outside of your home will make or break a potential buyer’s first impression. Stand at your curb and take note of what you see. Make a list of any potential improvements.
Roof and Chimney Inspection
You can avoid the uneasy task of climbing onto your roof if you have a good pair of binoculars on the ground. Otherwise, be careful when working up on your roof or chimney. Unless the roof repair is as simple as applying new caulking, you will probably need to hire a professional.
See your home through a potential buyer’s eyes and tour your home like they will. Start with the front entrance. Your goal is to help prospective buyers feel as if they could live in your home.
Here is a quick checklist to help with your assessment:
- Is the interior clean and well lit? Scrub the carpets, floors, walls, and trim.
- Take a sniff. If there are any unpleasant odours in your home track them down and eliminate them.
- You want your home to look spacious, bright, and fresh. Now is the time to de-clutter.
Living Room, Hallways, Family Room, Den, and Bedrooms
Keep furniture to a minimum so these rooms do not seem smaller than they appear. Ensure closets and storage areas look spacious and organized. Remember to remove or lock away all valuables.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
These rooms are the most important in your home to update and modernize. Clean appliances and counters. Scrub sinks, toilets, and tubs. And be sure to fix any dripping faucets.
The condition of the foundation and main structural elements in the basement are critical to your home. Make sure these are sound and durable.
One of the largest clutter culprits in your home is the garage. De-clutter and clean up oil stains.
Once you have inspected your home and taken care of any problems you will be ready for showings. Special showing tips include: Have fresh flowers in view when possible. Set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature. Remove pets from the home or put them outside. And, of course, make sure everything is spotless.