Big Fixes: Identify and Deal With Your Home’s Red Flags
I am delighted to bring you Part Two of my So You Want To Sell Your House series with Element Real Estate. Part One, Curb Appealhas generated a ton of interest and this next installment gets into some even meatier issues when it comes to being prepared to sell your home. Disclaimer: yesterday the inevitable but potentially tragic work-at-home-mom nightmare came true for me, and my laptop is currently upside down and drying out over a towel, some rice, and silica packets from my new sneakers. For at least the next two days all of my content will be written on a combination of my phone and iPad, so bear with me if there are a few grammar quirks or oddly placed images. In normal circumstances I would just take a few days off, but I challenged myself to publish a new article every weekday in July, and gosh darn it I will not be derailed. Okay, back to our regularly scheduled educational real estate advice post:When we sold our last house we got great advice from Jess & Dan at Element. They walked through our house and helped us identify all our home’s issues, big and small. We hired a handyman to repair any visual defects, such as replacing some rotting trim and patching damage to the ceiling from a previous light fixture. We knew from buying it that there was a (fairly common) crack in the block foundation, that was an issue a handy man was not going to be able to fix for us. We could have filled the crack and painted over, hoping no one would notice (which is what a lot of people told us to do, but is totally not cool.) Instead we had an engineer assess the issue before we even put the house on the market, so we had a disclaimer about the crack as well as a report that stated it showed no signs of causing any structural problems, and we provided that as part of the packet of information prospective buyers were provided with during their showing. By fixing what we could, disclosing everything else, we didn’t leave anything up to chance, and we didn’t need to renegotiate after the inspection because there were no surprises. I asked our real estate expert pals over at Element Real Estate what they wanted sellers to know how about addressing your homes big issues, and they had so much great advice they ended up writing a guest post about it!
Armed with this great advice, you should be ready to forge ahead with selling your house, and experience the least hold ups and hiccups possible in the process. Did you have a big issue hold up a sale or purchase of a house? Tell us about it so others can learn from your trials.