Preparing for sale - Consider a pre-sale home inspection

An item to consider when prepping your home for sale is a presale home inspection.  It is difficult to lose a sale due to an inspection deficiency, so it is best to be prepared. If you are budgeting for some repairs and improvements, the inspection can help you target your efforts.
Should the home inspection show no major issues, it can be provided to prospective buyers as part of the pre-review process which could potentially help expedite the sale process.
Should issues arise, you can address them BEFORE you have an offer on the table or else give you time to get quotes for repairs that can be provided to prospective buyers. For example, if windows require replacement, buyers will often overestimate the cost resulting in more difficult negotiations.
Review your appliances. If they are very old or out of standard for your neighbourhood, consider replacements.
Gather together the warranty information for your home and appliances including the furnace and hot water tank. If items remain under warranty that is transferrable to the new buyer, let them know as this can enhance the perceived value of the house.
First time home buyers often do not have extra funds for repairs and may not have knowledge about what is required to repair various issues. Depending on your target buyer, a small investment in repairs may reduce time on market and result in a higher sale price than the cost of the repairs.

If you are planning to sell your home and wish to meet for a pre-sale consultation just give me a call at 403 850 2446. I am happy to help.


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