Preparing to sell your home, but not sure where to start? There's so much you can do before you even list your home to increase the chances of finding a buyer. The work you put in now plays a major role in attracting the right buyer, and generating competitive bids for the home. Our REALTORS® know what it takes to prepare a home for sale, and we've put together a guide for what you need to do before listing your home.
Find the Right Real Estate Agent
Preparing your home for sale is so much easier when you find the right real estate agent. Your agent can give specific advice about what steps you need to take to prepare your home, help your home stand out from other DC homes for sale, and answer questions. Research agents online, ask for referrals from trusted sources and speak with multiple agents before making your choice.
You are one step closer to owning a home once the home inspection report is in hand. This vital document is filled with a summary of details attesting to the condition of the property. Our REALTORS® can help you examine the report and determine what steps are required to make a deal come together.
As the Kenny Rogers song goes, sometimes you need to know when to walk away...and when to run. When a home inspection report indicates major problems with the foundation, pollution on the property, a severely damaged roof, it is advisable to walk away. These problems are expensive and difficult to remediate. It is often not to your advantage to try and tackle them. There are exceptions, but as a general rule, it is best to walk away from a property with extensive deficiencies.
Almost every home inspection report will come back with at least a few minor deficiencies. When the report indicates minor problems, it is usually something that can be negotiated with the seller. Your first option is to request the seller fix these problems as part of the deal. You will want to start your list of things you want fixed beginning with the most important items. However, you should be aware that most sellers won't want to go through the hassle of hiring contractors to perform repairs.