Getting Ready for a Home Sale, Your To Do List

With interest rates so low, buying a home is more affordable, and more buyers are flooding the real estate market, making it a hotter market than you’d think.  The problem is that there are many homes on the market, many of them languishing and sitting on the market forever.

But there are several things you can do to make your home more desirable.  Increasing a home’s desirability can be categorized into appeal, condition, and paperwork.

Appeal includes anything you do to the home in order to get it looking it’s absolute best.  This can include taking advice from your realtor or speaking with a staging professional, (which can also be referred by your agent).

This also includes getting your home ready on the outside.  Hire a landscaper to get your hedges trimmed, flowers planed, and grass mowed.  Your house paint must look fresh, your siding in order and your windows clean.

Next, ensure your home is in great condition.  Remember you will have an inspection, the condition of the home is more than skin deep.  One way to ensure your house is ready for inspection is to have one yourself.  Anything you learn during inspection you will have to either disclose or fix.  This may be in your best interest  unless you are selling a fixer-upper or you are short on cash for immediate expenses.

If you know of problems or you were about to repair something, do it now.  This greatly reduces the chances of big headaches later.  Gutters, cabinets, plumbing, electrical, roof, etc. should all be in proper working order.

Last category of pre-home sale tasks is getting your paperwork in order.  Some examples of paperwork that are important to buyers includes condominium documents, if you are selling a condo, or proof of major repairs.  If you live in a home that has been de-leaded, then you will need the certificate for that as well.  If you are not sure if your home has been de-leaded, chances are that it has not.

Other items under the paperwork category include knowing of any open mortgages and home equity lines of credit, (or any other liens against the home), and having the proof for any closed mortgages and home equity lines of credit.  The reason for this is that sometimes the records at the registry have not been properly updates and your documentation of a closed loan makes the sales process much quicker.

Something you don’t have to worry about it your deed.  Many people I meet have gone to great lengths to locate their deed, but it is in the registry, it is a public record and easily accessible.

When you get your home ready for a sale, you are getting prepared for it both physically and emotionally.  Save yourself time and money.  Attract the right buyer and have an easy home sale when you home’s appeal, condition and paperwork are in order.

Do you have any questions about how get ready to list your home?   Comment below…

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