When you are in the process of asking "What do I need to do to sell my house?" you may feel that the first offer that comes in is a chance for rejoicing. Yet before you get carried away, you need to ensure that your home is ready to pass inspection. Here are some tips to get prepared.
Home repairs can help limit the impact of problems you have on your home inspection. Some repairs to consider include:
Also, if your home is vacant, make sure the utilities are turned on before the inspection, as the inspector will need to ensure they are properly functioning. If you have any invoices or documents regarding remodeling or repair jobs you have recently done, offer these to the inspector. This can improve the home's overall performance on the inspection, and will also give the buyer peace of mind.
Would you allow an interested buyer into your home without cleaning it? If you are serious about asking "How can I sell my house?" then the answer is no. Don't let the inspector in a dirty home either. Yes, the inspector is not supposed to be looking at clutter and grime, but some inspectors will assume this means you are not taking good care of the home, and may look harder to find problems as a result.
Don't forget the exterior when you are cleaning things up. Inspect the exterior of your home for damaged siding, dirty or non-functioning windows, foundation cracks and dirty gutters can detract from the inspection. Take the time to clean or repair any damage both inside and outside.
Once repairs are made, make sure that the home is accessible to the inspector. The inspector will need to be able to access all areas of the home, including the attic, garage, basement, and crawl space. The inspector will also need some space to work around your furnace and water heater to properly inspect them, so remove stored items or furniture from these areas.
If your property has outbuildings or locked electrical boxes, the inspector will need to inspect these as well. Leave the keys, remote control or keypad code to ensure that the inspector can inspect these areas.
Arrive a little before the scheduled inspection time. Your inspector will be on time, so you need to be as well. Turn on everything you need to in the home, and then await the inspector's arrival. Prepare something to do so that you, your family and any pets you have can be away from the home for about three hours. If you cannot take your pets, put them in a crate in the home, and warn the inspector about the pet's location.
If you are looking for more help selling your home, contact the real estate team at RE/MAX DFW Associates for expert real estate advice.
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