The home selling process can seem a little daunting, but reviewing some of these seller tips can take away some of the typical seller stress. The condition or first impression of your home can make or break a home sale. Doing a few small things can eliminate some problems with your home buyers inspection proactively.
Check out these seller tips and more from The Herda Home Team:
- Check faucets, toilets and under sinks for any possible leaks that have gone unnoticed. The buyer will expect that all potential of water damage is fixed or replaced before the final sealing of the purchase deal. Checking minor leaks behind toilets and under sinks will prepare your home for a successful inspection.
- Replace or purchase any outlet covers. Depending on the financing of your buyer, it’s pretty typical the inspector will point out any possible hazards around the house. Outlet covers are cheap and simple to replace, but will likely come up in the buyer inspection report.
- Check your handrails and make sure they are secure. Loose railings or missing railings is another common mistake homeowner’s make. Removing the handrails, especially in the lower level is common, for ease of getting furniture up and down from the basement, but will be mentioned in the report and could be considered a lender required repair depending on the type of financing your buyer is using.
- Smoke detectors are required near all bedrooms/living spaces. Check current local codes but typically a smoke detector needs to be within 10 feet of all bedrooms. If you do not have a carbon monoxide detector, you will want to add one. They now offer dual smoke detector and carbon monoxide detectors and most inspectors will suggest a carbon monoxide detector and smoke detector on each level. If you do not see the green light on the detector, or you notice yellowing of the smoke detector it’s probably time to replace it. Shelf life for a smoke detector is usually 10 years and despite it’s functionality it will be suggested that smoke detectors older than 10 be replaced.
- Homes over time can accumulate some deferred maintenance (or those projects that you just never got around to fix/finish) now is the time to take care of those small projects. For larger projects, you may need to ask for help or hire out, just be sure that all work done on your property has an invoice showing a paid receipt or a lien waiver. It will be important when it comes time to close that all receipts are showing paid to eliminate the potential for a mechanics lien on your property. Things like trimming trees, cleaning gutters or seal coating a driveway might be a few items that can be taken care of prior to the inspection.
- Looking around the house, you will want to check the trim around windows, decks and sheds for rotting framework or peeling paint. These are things you typically will want to take care of on your before you list checklist, but if you didn’t have the opportunity these might be things to take a look at. Rotting framework or siding can be a potential for water intrusions and could compromise the integrity of the home. Scraping and repainting trim or sheds gives it a nice fresh look and will also smooth out some possible lender required repairs.
- Mechanicals that could potentially be at the end of their life may need to be repaired or replaced. Having a furnace or AC inspection can give you an idea of the remaining life left in your mechanicals before a buyer would unnecessarily ask to have large ticket items replaced. Its true mechanicals are expensive, knowledge of your equipment may help you make an informed decision should a buyer ask you to make some large replacements or concessions on the purchase price.
Things to be aware of, home sales are an opportunity for homes to come up to current codes. As building and safety codes change, it’s important that your home meets those requirements. Sometimes the home will be grandfathered in and not require multiple repairs, however, there are several they are typically required concerning pipes, electrical boxes, GFCI near bathrooms and kitchens as well as safe and secured outlets on the exterior of the home and garage.
When it comes to plumbing, electrical and heating and air conditioning, you will want to look to a professional. Large changes to your home will require a permit and a professional to make correct changes to your current systems. Skipping permits or going the do it yourself ‘DIY’ way could cost you later. Consider asking your Realtor or contractor to be sure the changes you are making are correct code guidelines and will pass a city inspection if required. Not taking the proper steps to safe money could cost you much more than necessary if not done correctly. Not only that, you could be opening yourself up to liability if you’re knowingly doing things the wrong way.
Another thing to remember the inspection requests that you receive from your buyer are negotiable, consult with your Realtor about the best way to proceed with your list of repairs from the buyer.
For more tips and tricks on getting through the home selling process with ease, consult with The Herda Home Team or call us direct with any questions or requests for a seller consultation at 612-807-4858 or Heidi@HerdaHomeTeam.com.