Pre-Marketing Property Inspection

Pre-Marketing Property Inspection Prudent purchasers will have your property thoroughly inspected before they buy it. Expect inspectors to poke into everything — your house’s roof, chimney, gutters, plumbing, electrical wiring, heating and cooling systems, insulation, smoke detectors, all the permanent appliances and fixtures in your kitchen and bathrooms, and the foundation. They’ll also check for health, safety, and environmental hazards. …

Staging a House

Staging a House Staging a house goes way beyond your efforts to make it look nifty before having friends over for a dinner party. If you’ve ever visited a new home development and walked through the builder’s model home, you know exactly what staging is. Builders usually do extremely elaborate staging jobs. Staging finishes the process you started with the …

Key Exterior Improvements

Key Exterior Improvements Most buyers make snap judgments about your house, and buyers begin forming their opinion of your house long before they go inside. Curb appeal, the external attractiveness of your property when viewed from the street, is critically important. Here are some tried-and-true ways to enhance your house’s curb appeal: Painting: Painting your house’s exterior before you put …

Important Interior Improvements

Key Interior Improvements Curb appeal draws buyers into your house. But appealing interiors make the sale. You don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on your house prior to putting up the For Sale sign. On the contrary, the little things you do generally give the biggest increase in value. Concentrate on the three Cs — clean up, …

Getting Your House Ready to Sell

Handling Presale Preparation A metamorphosis occurs the moment you decide to sell your property. The “home” you love so dearly turns into a “house.” This shift in vocabulary is part of letting go — the emotional detachment process all sellers experience sooner or later. Home is where your heart is. Houses, like TV sets, toasters, and tangerines, are commodities sold …