Preparing your home for sale is often a tedious process. From cleaning and updating to de-cluttering and preparing for open houses and showings, preparing your home for sale can test one’s patience, for sure. However, there are a number of things that you can do now, before you list your Boston home for sale, which will save you a considerable amount of time and frustration during the home selling process:
- Have a pre-sale home inspection – It may be a bit difficult to fork out a few hundred dollars for a home inspection given that the homebuyer will certainly have a home inspection of their own, but the idea is to make your life a bit easier. A pre-sale home inspection can bring problems to light so that you can deal with them before you list your home for sale. In other words, it’s a lot easier to repair a roof without a buyer breathing down your throat. In short, a pre-sale home inspection can make the buyer’s home inspection go off without a hitch –and without a worry on your part.
- Pay for a termite inspection – It is best to handle this “pesty” situation beforehand so that you’re not unpleasantly surprised when a homebuyer’s pest inspection reveals problems. Plus, a pest inspection report is a great selling feature for your home, as it eliminates one less worry for homebuyers.
- Fill out your home disclosure form truthfully and completely – Be as forthcoming as possible on your home disclosure form so that you don’t find yourself in a situation where the buyers are accusing you of knowingly hiding pre-existing problems.
- Repair what you can, and get repair estimates for repairs that you don’t want to address – Doing so can give your buyers a general idea of how much it will cost to address the issue. You may also want to offer a credit in the amount of the repair to the buyer.
- Organize all the warranties and operator’s manuals for your home appliances, including the furnace, the air conditioner and the kitchen appliances.