Top 10 Issues To Remedy Before Marketing Your Home
If you're starting to think about selling your home, you'll want to be proactive in your preparations for getting the house ready so that you can get top dollar for your investment. You can count on the potential buyer to have a professional inspection done on the home, so plan ahead and address these top 10 issues before you even put the house on the market.
These things won't hit your wallet hard if you take care of them in advance, but they are the types of issues that fuel negotiations and lower selling prices when found on buyer inspection reports!
1. Smoke Detectors: Be sure that the home has functioning smoke detectors installed in all of the important places! You'll need one in every bedroom and each hallway or access point into every bedroom or sleeping area. It is recommended that you have at least one smoke detector on every level of the home. These should usually be installed on the ceiling of the room or hallway.
2. Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Similar to smoke detectors, you will need a functioning carbon monoxide, or CO, detector outside each sleeping area. You must have one on every level of the home. Unlike smoke from a fire which rises, carbon monoxide mixes with air and can behave in a manner almost like pooling water, creating a pocket of toxic gas in a specific room or area of the house. There are various theories in regard to placement of a CO detector in a room, but most seem to agree that placing your CO detector three to five feet off the floor, and away from any furniture obstructions, is best.
3. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter: You will want to have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) units installed in all bathrooms, the kitchen, outside receptacles, and garage receptacles. These devices help protect against electrocution by monitoring the electrical current flow and cutting it off if triggered.
4. Window Screens: You will want to be sure that all window screens are securely installed.
5. Nail Heads: You will want to caulk all nail heads on roof vents, plumbing vents, and roof flashing to prevent moisture intrusion.
6. Water Heater: Be sure that your home's water heater has seismic straps properly installed to protect against damage in the event of an earthquake.
7. Outdoor Vegetation: Trim all outside vegetation away from contacting the sides of the house.
8. Clearance to Major Systems/Spaces: Be sure that there is safe and proper access clearance to your electrical panel, water heater, furnace, and into the attic and/or crawlspace.
9. Aesthetics: Be sure to repair any areas of chipped or peeling paint, trim work, the deck, etc. These may seem trivial, but will be noted in a professional home inspection and would likely become a point for the buyer to negotiate on price.
10. Windows: Repair or replace any fogged or failed/broken windows. Again, these can easily become a point for lowering the purchase price on a home.
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If you're preparing to sell your home, consider giving Brian a call at 360-823-3034 or contact him online to schedule an appointment. Brian is a certified professional home inspector with Details Home Inspections and is highly experienced. You'll receive a detailed and unbiased report of all inspection findings which can help you prepare your home to sell at the best price possible!