Step 1 – Preparing to Sell Your Home

When preparing your property for sale, it’s necessary to look at your home through the eyes of a prospective buyer and determine what needs to be cleaned, painted, repaired and tossed out. A good first impression is key to getting buyers interested. Improvements should be made so that the property shows well, is consistent with the neighborhood and does not involve capital investments, the cost of which cannot be recovered from the sale. Cosmetic improvements – paint, carpeting, and landscaping – help a home “show” better and often are good investments. Mechanical repairs – to ensure that all systems and appliances are in good working condition – are also important to get a top price. If you are not sure what needs repair, it is a good idea to get estimates from a reliable repair person so buyers will have a better sense of how much these needed repairs will affect their costs.

We also suggest:

• Getting a termite inspection to prove to buyers that the property is not infested.
• Getting a pre-sale home inspection so you’ll be able to make repairs before buyers become concerned and cancel a contract.
• Gather together warranties and guarantees on the furnace, appliances, and other items that will remain with the house.

We will walk through your property with you and make suggestions and determine how to highlight your home’s best features. If any staging needs to be done, we can assist with that as well. We will also compile a “Disclosure Package” that will inform the buyer of any problems with the property and protect you from future legal liability after the sale.