Think You’re Ready to Sell?

Posted: April 19, 2012 in General Information, Sellers
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Before the sign goes up on the lawn there are a lot of things that you should consider in getting your house ready to sell. But where do you start? The staging could make the house look good but like the smell of room deodorizer which covers the stench of the fish that was cooked last night, eventually the real state of the home will come through the home inspection. You have too much at stake to take that chance. Here are some key areas to address before hand:

Routine exterior maintenance is an easy way to keep up with minor problems. Repair any damaged masonry on steps and walk ways, seal cracks in driveway. Inspect the exterior doors and windows for caulking, check the flashing, and replace any missing or damaged shingles.

Inside the home, minor fixes can improve the results of a home inspection. Things such as leaky faucets and fixtures, caulking around tub and sinks are simple and inexpensive fixes. Broken glass or seal on windows should be addressed. The cost of a window will be less expensive than the loss of a sale as thisĀ could be a sore issue to potential buyers. Be sure to keep invoices and warranties available of any major improvements made such as roofing, furnaces and major appliances. For more substantial work such as electrical or any major renovations be sure to have access to building permits and plans issued, proof that substantiate that such changes were done legally and to standards is extremely important to the sale of your home.

Have the chimney of the fireplace cleaned and checked by a professional. Have the furnace and central air conditioning serviced so that any issues can be addressed before hands. Make sure that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are working and that they follow the standards set out by the Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA) and CSA approved.

The home inspection can uncover previously unknown problems, both major and minor. Taking the time and the diligence to maintain and prepare your home should go a long way in preventing or addressing problems that could negatively affect the home inspection report after the offer has come in.

A home that is priced right and ready for inspection will translate in a quicker sale.

Find out what your home is worth.

  1. Reblogged this on Canadian Budget Binder and commented:
    Great TIps!