An important step in the selling process is preparing your home to make it stand out from the other ones available in the neighbourhood. Making home improvements like granite countertops or new carpeting could increase the chances of selling your home faster and at a higher price. However, is not always clear to know what are the improvements that your home needs and here is when a home inspection report comes in handy. Scheduling a seller home inspection will allow you to identify and fix items before they interfere with your buyer's offer.
Follow the list of 15 Simple Things the home seller can do to prepare your home for the selling process.This also allows you to negotiate from an advantageous position and demonstrates that you are a committed and honest seller.
Single tips to be prepared for a selling
1. Gutters which are full of leaves and debris are unable to perform their intended function of channelling water away from the house. Clean out the gutters and ensure that both the gutters and downspouts are secured and that they extend at least 5 feet from the house. 2. Trim back tree branches and shrubs to ensure that they are not in contact with the house or roof. 3. Check to see if there are a minimum number of smoke detectors on each floor. Test them to see if they work. Replace the battery. 4. Check to make sure that light switch or outlet covers are not missing or damaged. Replacing missing or damaged covers is an inexpensive repair. 5. Test all interior and exterior light fixtures. If they are not, often if is as simple as changing a light bulb. 6. Does the doorbell work? 7. Check under the sinks, are the traps or faucets leaking? The home inspector will test faucets and report concerns. Repairs by a plumber are often relatively inexpensive. 8. Check to make sure that the toilets do not continue to run after the flush. Often simple adjustments are needed to correct this. 9. Is the fuse box properly labelled? 10. Clean the dryer vent and make sure the vent is metal rather than plastic. Dirty dryer vents and those that are not metal are a safety concern. On the day of the inspection, make sure the washer and dryer are empty so their operation can be tested. 11. Install a new filter to the furnace. 12. Make sure windows operate smoothly (not stuck or painted shut). 13. Check that all interior doors latch to the strike plate. 14. Make sure handrails are securely fastened. 15. Schedule a seller home inspection to have a complete vision of potential improvements.