When selling your home, things can feel quite open and vulnerable. People are coming to view your house to judge it, to see if it’s up to their standards, and worth putting an offer in for. If you’re not receiving offers, or even if you do receive offers, things can feel tense. This is especially true when moving forward with a potentially successful sale, because the buyers will no doubt wish to inspect the home not only themselves, but using the services of a verified professional.
This means that preparing your home for both sale and the inevitable inspection is essential ahead of time. If you can be sure you’ve gone over everything, you don’t need to worry about hidden issues you had forgotten to mention. Of course, little things aren’t the end of the world. If your children play with their toys and forget to tidy them up before the inspection or viewing, that’s hardly going to be the end of the world.
Yet some of the following problems, and their associated remedies, can no doubt make a world of difference:
Use Potent Cleaning Solutions
Cleaning your house thoroughly is essential, although we’re not speaking of the daily tidiness and management of your household. An inspector won’t mind or note the dust you may have on account of working a full time job and looking after your children, we all slip from time to time and no house can be 100% perfectly clean no matter how much time you dedicate to it.
That being said, cleaning where it matters is important. For instance, taking the time to remove mold stains can be achieved with a potent cleaning solution, and a little bit of time spent inspecting your problem areas. The same goes for damp. Sometimes, a resolution where that problem is concerned could involve stripping the plaster and reapplying it, depending on how deep the problem runs.
Cleaning solutions also involve hoovering in the cracks between your floorboards, or painting over problem areas (that have already been cleaned), or having your windows professionally cleaned by a professional. This way you can present your house in the most pleasing light, and in turn, that grants you the means of moving forward and potentially securing a purchase (or even a better offer). At the very least, your home’s condition won’t turn people away.
Hire An Inspector Yourself
Hiring an inspector yourself can help you make the necessary adjustments going forward. There’s nothing that states an inspector has to only work for someone looking to buy, they are professionals that will help generate objective reports about a home’s condition.
Note that this isn’t a strategy for gaining ‘tips to work the system,’ that is tips to hide your problem areas so that you don’t have to mention them or lower your houses’ price accordingly. However, they can show you were your blind spots may have been. Sometimes, they may even help you realize that your property borders are actually, according to the paperwork, two feet over the fence line you have set. It’s little elements like this can help you get the clearest picture of your home, which, in turn, helps you sell it with more confidence.
Make Those Necessary Home Repairs
Making those necessary home repairs ahead of time can help your house seem in better condition, and it will seem that way because it is. If you have a loose patio tile you’ve meant to replace or repair for some time, now is the time to do it. If you’ve mean meaning to paint your staircase banner, now is the time to do it. If your etched doorway is replete with the height measurements of your children over the years, painting over those can help your home reset to its default state.
Make those necessary home repairs, particularly if they translate to the actual home you’ll be selling. It’s fine to use a book or two to uphold the wonky leg of your sofa, your home buyers won’t be purchasing that, and placing a futon in front of it is no great crime. For the implements that matter though, you want to use the best possible solution.
Use Storage Or Convenience Options
Not all houses can be prepared at a moment’s notice. If you simply have too much stuff, or storerooms you’d rather open up to show prospective buyers, then using long-term storage options can be a great idea. Convenience like this can be bought, and it can really help.
With this advice, we hope you can more easily prepare your home for sale and inspection.