An item to consider when preparing your home for sale is a pre-sale home inspection.

Especially in a market where buyer’s have the advantage, it can be difficult for sellers when an inspection deficiency is discovered. I often recommend a pre-sale home inspection for older properties. The pre-sale inspection can be a whole home inspection or a targeted inspection such as a roof report.

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 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.

Review your appliances. The sale documents currently include the following detail: “The seller represents and warrants that on Completion Day, the property will be in substantially the same condition as when this contract was accepted and the attached and unattached goods will be in normal working order.”

Arrange for your furnace to be serviced by a qualified professional.

Gather together the warranty information for your home and appliances including the roof, furnace and hot water tank. If items remain under transferrable warranty to the new buyer, the additional warranty may be percieved positively by a buyer.

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.