The process of selling your home in the hopes that you will soon be able to move into one that is better suited for you and your family is stressful enough at the best of times. All that you really want at the end of the day is a reasonable price for your home and a quick and efficient sale. The last thing that you want is for something major to get flagged on your home during the inspection that could delay or jeopardize a potential sale.
For this reason, it is always best to do all that you can to prepare your house to be listed. By making your house as ready as possible for a sale prior to listing, you can give yourself the best chances of facilitating a quick and efficient sale.
It is important to note that the longer that a house sits on the market, the less likely it is in most cases to sell for the original list price. Because of this, it is always a good idea to make sure that your home is in good shape before listing it.
If you are planning on listing your house for sale, here are a few of the top things that you should fix before doing so.
House inspectors don’t do the most thorough job in the world when they go through a house that is pending a sale. That being said, one of the things that they will flag and bring to the direct attention of the potential buyers is the roof. If you have any damage to your roof that can be seen without much effort then you should absolutely have that addressed sooner rather than later.
The fact of the matter is that roofs are expensive. If a buyer suspects that they will potentially need to pay for costly roof repairs or even to repair potential water damage inside the house, then they might feel inclined to back out of the sale altogether.
Before listing your home, make sure that you have a reliable roofing contractor come out and have a look. They should be able to make any repairs that are necessary to ensure that your home passes inspection.
Even though it might not make or break a sale, the condition of the landscaping surrounding your property is incredibly important. Think of your landscaping as the first impression that you house gets to make on potential buyers. Untidy and unkept landscaping will only make it appear as though the entirety of the property hasn’t been well looked after.
If you aren’t confident in your own ability to get the landscaping in order prior to listing your home, have a professional landscaping company out to take a look. They should be able to address all major areas such as overgrown bushes and trees and ensure that your walkways and paths are neat and tidy. These measures will help to improve your home’s curb appeal in the eyes of potential buyers.