Home sellers beware: Buyers are much more alert to property defects than they were in the past.
Eric Tyson, a consumer expert and co-author of “House Selling for Dummies,” says it’s critically important for sellers to address repair issues prior to hiring a real estate agent and putting their place up for sale. He says it’s always better to remedy your property’s issues in advance of your listing than to risk a botched deal due to a problem that could be discovered by your buyer’s home inspector.
One reason many sellers are reluctant to undertake pre-sale repairs is that they can be expensive. Another is that many people are unsure how to find reliable contractors.
Here are a few pointers for sellers:
Consider hiring a home inspector to identify your issues.
Most homeowners can catalog small repair problems that must be addressed. Yet most lack the expertise to detect larger issues such as those involving a home’s electrical, plumbing, heating or cooling systems. And they’re ill equipped to diagnose a roof that’s reached the end of its functional life.
Major problems are best detected by a qualified home inspector. To avoid late-stage expensive revelations, We recommend that sellers arrange for a pre-sale inspection to do an inventory of repair issues.
An in-depth home inspection can seem to be costly. But your money is well spent if it protects you from unpleasant last minute surprises that could surface later and ruin your sale.
Search widely for the best contractors, that can offer a lower repair cost if it does not need to be done quickly to guarantee a sale.
We recommend against random Google searches or the use of Yellow Pages to hunt for contractors. A more dependable approach, is to seek out recommendations from friends, neighbors, realtors or co-workers.