Time to sell your
home? Take two steps, and the sale will be more rewarding.
First, ask your representative to role-play as a buyer, taking
a critical tour of your home. Second, have a home inspection
by a licensed inspector.
The first step
- having your agent tour your home - can be enlightening.
Perhaps the doorbell is cracked or broken, the front door
in need of paint, or the bedroom screen torn. Then there's
the bathroom tile in need of grout, the leaky sink trap in
the kitchen, or the cat litter box in the utility room.
Buyers in search
of their dream home notice these things, whereas they may
just be a part of your everyday life. What is merely a coffee
stain on the carpet to you, may justify a complete re-carpeting
job to buyers. Minor cleaning, painting or improving can remove
imperfections, as well as eliminating buyer excuses for lowering
their purchase offer.
A home inspection
may provide you with the ammunition needed to justify your
asking price. Home inspectors look at major systems such as
heating / air, plumbing, electrical, roof, etc. A home with
all systems in order, backed up by a paid inspecition report,
can be very convincing to quality conscious buyers.
Complete all repairs
and improvements before buyers see your home. The result may
be a full-price offer in short order!