Selling a Home
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Preparing Your Home for Sale
The following tips are relatively inexpensive but will make a huge difference in the appearance of your home. Remember: A little attention to details adds tremendous appeal to potential buyers.
Consider a pre-listing inspection. At some point, potential buyers will conduct an inspection. Get a head start on what they will find by having a professional inspection beforehand. The advantages of a pre-listing inspection include:
- Enables you to view your home through the eyes of a critical third party.
- Enables you to make repairs ahead of time, so that any problems won't turn into negotiating stumbling blocks.
- Assists in pricing your home realistically.
- Potentially relieves buyers' concerns and suspicions.
- Lessens liability by supplementing your disclosure statement with professional documentation.
*Copies of the report, along with any repairs receipts, should be provided to potential buyers.
Add curb appeal. Make an outstanding first impression by undertaking the following tasks:
- Wash or paint the exterior of the house (don't foget window casings, shutters, and doors)
- Keep the yard well clipped and free of toys and debris.
- Wash windows, both inside and out.
- Check gutters, shutters, and chimney. Make any necessary repairs.
- Clean and dispose of clutter in the garage. Consider self-storage.
Make cost-effective improvements. Here are some helpful hints for touching up your home's interior:
- Add a fresh coat of paint to the most-used areas. Wash the walls where new paint is not appropriate or feasible.
- Wash all floors and tiles. In kitchens and bathrooms, consider new floor coverings in neutral shades (for dated styles).
- Shampoo dirty carpets. Consider removing especially worn carpet in areas where you have hardwood floors.
- Repair loose planks, creaky stairs, and broken woodwork.
- Remove clutter by cleaning out closests, basements, and attics. Consider self-storage, if necessary.
- Pay attention to any pet, cigarette, or other odors.
Pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms.
- Fix or replace leaking or worn-out faucets. Repair any cracks in caulking.
- Consider new floor coverings in neutral shades, especially if the current style is dated.
- Clean under the sinks. In places where there were leaks, clean up the damage with contact paper or paint.
- For bigger projects, such as upgrades, talk to your REALTOR® about which improvements are most appropriate.
Moving into a new home is one of the mosting exciting times for you and your family. The weeks leading up to your move, however, can also be a time of great stress. One of the best ways to reduce stress during this time is to implement a thoughtful plan of attack. The video above and guidelines below outline helpful information to include in your plan:
Decide whether to move yourself or hire professionals.
- Rent a moving truck. The size of the truck will depend on your belongings and the distance of the move. The rental company can assist you in determining what size of vehicle will best suit your needs.
- Make sure you fully understand your responsibilty in terms of mileage and any additional fees for equipment and packing materials.
- Plan for accidents or property damage. You may want to consider buying an 'insurance rider' to address these issues; contact your insurance agent for information about a rider package.
- Prepare a personal inventory of special items. This will be a valuable tool in the event of any lost, broken, or stolen items. It will also serve as an inventory of valuables for insurance purposes.
- Again, prepare a personal inventory of valuable items.
- Decide on a moving company. Get quotes from several sources. Describe what you plan to move; movers generally go by hourly rates based on the time it takes to deliver and unload items. Don't forget to inquire about additional fees for disconnecting/hooking up appliances, packing/unpacking, large items, and several flights of stairs.
- Before paying your movers, carefully review your 'bill of lading' and retain a copy for insurance purposes.
- Complete a change of address form from the Post Office.
- Provide a forwarding address to banks, credit card companies, insurance providers, your chuch, membership clubs, business accounts and business associates, publication subscriptions, government and public offices, the Social Security Administration, federal and state income tax offices, and family and friends.
- Cancel current utility company service (i.e., electric, gas, water, cable, phone, Internet, garbage, etc.) and start up service at your new home. Ask about any available refunds.
- Get your records in order. For example, obtain records from doctors, dentists, attorneys, accountants, and your children's school (to make arrangements for transfer).
- Transfer bank accounts to the new branch location.
- Clean, empty, or discard appliances and other household items, such as refrigerators, grills, flammable aerosol cleaning supplies, carpets, furniture, etc.
- Pack a few 'instant needs' boxes, with groups of items packaged separately in labeled paper bags. Such items may include paper plates, cups, and plastic eating utensils; miscellaneous toiletry items; cleaning supplies; assorted tools; paper towels and trash bags; dish towels and cloths; ready-to-eat snacks; one or two saucepans; a flashlight; reading materials; children's favorite toys; etc.
- Keep a record of moving expenses; some of these may be tax deductible.
- Arrange care for your pet during moving.
- Keep adequate cash/traveler's checks on hand to cover moving expenses.
- Finalize details with the moving company.
On moving day; when you're at your new address:
- Ensure your mover or family/friends have the correct address and clear directions to you new home.
- Take one last walk-through of the home.
- Lock all doors and windows. Leave any old keys with your REALTOR® or the new owner.
- At the new house, check utilities to ensure they are properly connected and make sure your home is in proper working order.
- Install new locks.
- Register to vote in your new precinct. Register your car(s).
- Make sure all your licenses reflect the new address.
- Enjoy your new home!