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Preparing Your Home for the Market: Part 2



We’re here with part two of our series on getting your home ready to sell. Today, you’ll learn how pre-inspections help home sellers.

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Recently, we gave you a few tips about how to prepare your home for the market if you want to sell in the next year. You can see the full post here. Today, we want to focus on another important aspect of preparing your home for the market: the pre-inspection. 

We recommend ordering a pre-inspection about a month before selling your home. Hire a home inspector to take a look at your home so that you know about any issues before listing your property. When homeowners order a pre-inspection and offer a home warranty, buyers feel safe. They feel that the home has been well taken care of and that it’s move-in ready. 


A pre-inspection gives confidence to potential buyers.


When you get the report back from the home inspector, make sure that you fix the smaller items on the list. We recommend that you fix anything that costs less than $500, like adjusting a leaky faucet or putting a GFCI in your kitchen. 

If there are problems with some big ticket items in your home, give us a call and we can help you out. Recently, one of our clients got their home pre-inspected and the inspector told them that the roof needed to be replaced. It was at the end of its life expectancy and would have cost $10,000 to $15,000 to replace. 

The sellers did not want to fix the roof. Instead, they took care of all the little nitpicky things the inspector found and disclosed that the roof needed to be fixed to everyone who looked at the home. They also offered a home warranty. They wound up getting a wonderful offer, and when the buyers ordered their own home inspection, the only issue they found was the roof, which they already knew about. That made the buyers happy and the sellers were able to move on to their next home. 

As you can see, a pre-inspection is a great way to make potential buyers feel at ease. If you have any questions, just give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!

Start Planning to Sell Your House in 2017




What can you do to get the most return on investment from your home sale? There are many things you can do to plan ahead, but today, we’ll discuss decluttering.

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If you are planning on selling your house in the next year, what are some things that you should do inside and outside of your home to get the best return on your investment?

There are many things that you will need to do to prepare your home for the market.

First of all, you should always think about how your home will present itself. Make sure that your home is clean, fresh, and decluttered.

Whether you have a small home or a large home, there are always things that you can take off of the shelves or off of the walls. Every home seller has some decluttering to do. I recommend going room by room and looking for things that you can remove.



Every home seller has some decluttering to do.


If you’re not selling your home for another year, don’t worry about taking your personal photos down quite yet. However, when you are closer to listing, you should take those personal photos down because they can be very distracting for buyers.

For example, I recently went on a listing appointment. The client had a picture of his daughter up, and his daughter was wearing the exact same wedding dress that I wore 20 years ago. As a professional, I know better, but I was so excited to see the dress that I was completely distracted!

You need to remove items that will distract buyers from your home. At most, you can leave three items on any countertop or surface. If you have a beautiful night stand, make sure that there are only one or two items on there so that people focus on how big the room is. You want buyers to envision how they will live in your home.

So, declutter your home and make sure it is completely clean. Check the windows and the wood around the windowsills; sometimes, you may need to sand or stain those areas. Prepare the house for the next buyer to move in.

I’ll go over a few more tips on preparing your home for the market in future videos. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I would be happy to help you!