Thinking of Putting your House on the Market?

Not every market is the same and by now most people are aware of that. Spring maybe good for people up north, while in the South Spring starts earlier and most places sell well even during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whether you wait for a certain time to sell or not it will be a very good idea for sellers who want to put their house up for sale to walk around the house on the outside and inside and maybe even consider a home inspection to see what needs to be done to put it in selling condition! I hear often but I spent so much money to put it on the market,. In most cases the seller was just doing what need to be done to put it in sellable condition so it would sell. If you maintain and update your home while you enjoy living in it that makes most sense. Over time styles change and new things come with new homes and that makes them very attractive to buy because there is nothing to do but to move in.

In any case you may want to check with neighbors, friend and relatives who they had good luck with to hire for the job. Any repair man should be licensed and bonded so ask for proof.

Buyers like a home ready to move (nothing to do but perhaps paint in the future) into rather than a “handyman special”. The buyers that may be looking for those look for cheap property so they can make a profit when they sell eventually or flip it.

Top Asking Price means the home should be in top move-in condition upgraded with the latest features. In the Columbia SC area popular are bronzed oil fixtures, granite counters, hardwood floors, stainless steel upgraded appliances, wood cabinets, large kitchens, open floor plans, high ceilings, flex rooms such a Florida Room, FROG = Bonus ROOM over garage, lots of storage and large walk-in closets. May also be nice landscaping and sprinklers, fenced yards, amenities of the community, Brick or Cement Hardi Plank for easier maintenance. Updated HVAC, Termite Bonds that are transferrable, a long list of what buyer are looking for. Buyers know what they want and know the market. Overpriced homes result in being longer on the market until a more realistic price is set.

Back to the Home Repair Man/Team. A roof that needs to be replaced should be. Buyers may not be able to obtain insurance if there is hail damage or simply signs of aging or faulty installation.

Get an estimate in writing by a licensed contractor and set a time to start and complete. You can also have that inspected by a licensed home inspector to be sure it was all done and done correctly before you pay him. A Handyman and a contractor vary in what they can do so it depends what you need to have done. A handyman can paint and do small repair jobs. A contractor has people than can do anything from electrical, to plumbing and more. A Handyman is limited in what he can do. So it depends on the age of your home how much need sto be done.

I recommend that you contact a Realtor® and find out what she/he recommends needs to be done. A Realtor® is a member of the National and Local Association of Realtors®. A licensed agent can sell real estate but cannot call him/herself a REALTOR®. There is a difference. REALTOR® abide by the strict Code of Ethics from NAR and more.

Sometimes you can overdue it and don’t get that back in your sales price. You can’t change the style of the home and move walls that are support walls. But there are also buyers that like that “old” style home. The new open Floor Plans are not for everyone. You lack wall space for furniture and privacy, the open floor plans are very noise. It depends on your life style too.

Inspect the work in progress and never pay ahead of time. You want to feel comfortable with the person who is in your house and around your family doing the work.

By my experience when my clients walk through a house that looks well maintained it makes them feel comfortable that the house was loved and maintained. This starts at the front door and exterior. In the end a home inspection proves that they were right and that leaves them with an even more comfortable feeling that they chose the right home for them and their family.

By Rosemarie Averhoff, CRS®