Selling a Home: Preparing for a Home Inspection

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When selling a home, the buyer will schedule a home inspection to evaluate its condition. If the inspection reveals serious issues – major repairs or replacements – the buyer can back out of the offer-to-purchase contract.

Because a home inspection is standard, you should prepare for it to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible:

  • Check for issues yourself – You should make repairs where necessary before the home inspection takes place to avoid delaying the closing. Check the roof for missing tiles. Make sure all fixtures and appliances are working properly, replace light bulbs where needed, look for leaks, and take care of any bug problems.
  • Clean the house – While an inspector won’t “punish” you for having a dirty house, it can leave the impression that you don’t take care of your property.
  • Clear the perimeter of the property – The inspector is going to inspect the outside of your house, so clear the perimeter for easy access.
  • Connect utilities – You’ll want to make sure all of your utilities are connected so the inspector can check lights, appliances, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) units.
  • Make access easy – Ensure your home is easily accessible for the inspector. If the entry to the attic or the basement is blocked because of clutter, it looks bad on your part. 

These are just a few tips for preparing your property for a professional home inspection. For more information about what a professional inspection entails or for tips on selling a home in general, be sure to contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

What Is a Seller’s Agent? 3 Things to Know

Homebuyers typically use real estate agents to help them find homes that fit their personal and budgetary needs. And if you’re selling a house, you should use an agent too. Some homeowners don’t think they need a seller’s agent. How hard is it to sell a house?

A seller’s agent provides services that are invaluable. Here are three things you should know about seller’s agents:

  1. They can help you find motivated buyers – Finding buyers can be more challenging than you might think. Simply listing your house may generate shopping interest, but not market-driven buyers. Seller’s agents have relationships with other agents in the area, which means that they can find motivated buyers to send your way.
  2. They can help you price your home accurately – Seller’s agents are familiar with local real estate markets. They use comps (similar houses that recently sold in your area) to determine demand and appropriate pricing. By not pricing your home correctly, you could lose money (if priced too low) or have a lot of difficulties attracting potential buyers (if priced too high).
  3. They can help you save time – Selling a house takes a lot of time and effort. A seller’s agent can help you save time by listing your house for you, scheduling open houses and walk-throughs on your behalf, guiding you through the paperwork process, and much more.

Selling a house is a lot more challenging than you might think. A seller’s agent will help guide you through the entire process to make it go as smoothly as possible and to help you sell your home quickly at the right price. 

Selling a Home? What to Repair Before Listing

If you’re about to sell your home, then you’ll want to make sure it’s ready before you list it. If there are issues, it’s not only going to hurt the property value, but it can turn away potential buyers. Buyers that see an obvious need for repairs will leave with a poor impression of your house.

Even if they can see past smaller repair needs, the idea that they will have to put time and money into repairing problems themselves after buying their “new” house isn’t a purchase incentive. Here are a few things you’ll want to before you list your house for sale:

  • Exterior siding – If your exterior paint is chipping away or starting to fade, repaint it. The siding has a big impact on your curb appeal and if it’s an eyesore, will leave a poor first impression.
  • Fences/railings – Loose or broken fences and railings are easy to fix. Not fixing them can make your property look like an abandoned lot.
  • Lighting – It’s not going to look good if a potential buyer tries to flip on a light switch and nothing happens. Make sure any lighting issues are addressed.
  • Plumbing – Get your plumbing inspected and repair any problems you find with faucets, toilets, showerheads, and drains.
  • Windows – Cracked window panes or worn, cracking window frames do not make your house look good. Plus, they can lose a lot of heat and air conditioning, which raises energy costs.

How Having a Real Estate Agent Protects You as a Seller

There are many reasons why homeowners decide to sell their homes without the help of a real estate agent. They often think too much of their home and assume that there will be tons of interested buyers. They don’t think it will take a lot of work to sell because they think that all they’ll have to do is create an online listing and buyers will come flooding in. The biggest reason is often that they don’t want to pay the agent fee. However, not using an agent can be a mistake. A real estate agent can help protect you as the seller in the following ways:

They can protect you from pricing your home incorrectly

An agent can help you determine what your home’s market value is. Underpricing your home will lose you money while overpricing it will scare away potential buyers. The longer your house is on the market, the less likely it will be to sell. 

They can prevent you from losing a negotiation

Real estate agents understand the art of negotiation and have experience doing it. You’re going to have to negotiate with potential buyers at some point. Many sellers won’t budge because they’re too stubborn, resulting in the loss of a potentially fair sale, while others may budget too much and end up being taken advantage of. 

They can make sure you don’t accidentally do anything illegal

An agent will make sure that everything you do during the sales process is legal. For example, you’re legally required to inform buyers about any issues your house has that you know about. 

They can help you with the paperwork

Selling a house is not as simple as just signing a basic contract. There’s a ton of paperwork involved. If you don’t have the right paperwork or you don’t know what you’re doing, you could accidentally sabotage a sale. A real estate agent will help guide you through the paperwork process.

As you can see, a real estate agent can be extremely helpful when it comes to selling your home. To speak with an agent today, be sure to contact us at Randy Lindsay.

Selling a Home For the First Time? What You Need to Know…

Selling your first home can be challenging — there’s a good chance that you’ve lived there for some time now and have become emotionally attached as a result of the memories you’ve collected there. In fact, it’s this emotional attachment that can often hinder a homeowner who is looking to sell their home for the first time. Keeping that in mind, the following are a few basic tips that will help you sell your home.

  1. Don’t overprice your home – First-time home sellers often over evaluate how much their home is worth. Just because you’ve invested in a lot of renovations doesn’t necessarily mean you can add the cost of those renovations to the price tag. Overpricing your house is a huge mistake because the longer your property stays on the market, the more difficult it will be to sell.

  2. Use professional photography – Pay a professional photographer to take pictures of your home for your listing. Professional photographs will help make each room look spacious and well lit, thereby drawing more potential buyers to see your home in person.

  3. Use a real estate agent – A real estate agent can help guide you through the entire selling process. They can help you price your home correctly, will know how to market your home effectively, and can use their network to find motivated buyers.

  4. Don’t show up at your open house – An open house is a great way to drum up interest. However, if you’re there, potential buyers may be less inclined to talk about the property or to ask your agent honest questions about it. You may also be tempted to defend your home if you hear anyone talking about what they don’t like, which will only turn buyers off.

Selling your home for the first time can be stressful and difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these tips and the process should be much easier.

3 Easy Updates that Add Value to Your Home

Before you decide to officially put your house up on the market, you’ll want to do everything you can to try and raise the value. Investing in home improvements can be a way to do this; however, larger home improvements are often time-consuming and costly, even if they can result in a bump in value. Fortunately, there are still a few minor updates that you can make that could add value as well. The following are three easy updates that will add value to your property:

  1. Add a fresh coat of paint – A fresh coat of paint can help make a space look brighter and newer. This can be very helpful if you have an older home and your exterior paint job is beginning to fade. You can also add a new coat to your interior walls and even to your kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  2. Replace old fixtures and hardware – Fixtures, like your bathroom and kitchen faucets, can have a big impact on the visual look of a space despite their small size. Upgrade to nicer fixtures and consider updating the hardware (doorknobs and drawer handles) throughout your home as well.
  3. Improve your landscape – Your exterior plays a big part in convincing homebuyers to come take a look inside. Make sure that at the very least you hire a landscaper to trim your bushes, cut your grass, and clear your yard. Consider adding flowers to add a punch of color to your landscape that will make it stand out.

These are three easy updates that will improve your home’s value without taking too long or costing an arm and a leg.

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