You’ve contacted your El Paso Real Estate Agent & you’ve discussed sales price, listing dates, and you are ready to get your house on the market & SOLD… so now what?
Here are some practical tips for making the sale of your home go as smooth as possible.
Find your survey. Your survey is probably in that 11x14 Folder that you got at the title company when you closed on your house. It looks like a drawing of your Yard & where the house sits. If you haven’t made any structural changes or added a pool - there is a very good chance that we can use this survey, saving you around $500.
Look at your paperwork from when you closed on your house. If you have a copy of the appraisal - check your square footage on that appraisal against the square footage that your Agent is using. It’s not fun when you find out that the Central Appraisal District says your home is 2300 square feet but the appraiser measures it at 2000. Check to see if you have the appraisal from when you bought the house & make sure that the square footage is accurate on the current listing.
Have your mortgage & homeowners insurance information handy. The title company will be requesting your payoff, they need your lender information & loan number. The sellers Disclosure asks about previous insurance claims. It’s good information to have handy.
Declutter & Depersonalize your home - we’ve all seen the beautifully staged homes on HGTV, remove unused or oversized items. Clear off the top of the fridge (all of those cereal boxes gives the impression that your kitchen has no storage space), Paint the bright Orange rooms a neutral color. Take the pictures & magnet collections off the refrigerator
Repair “the Thing” or “Things” - You know what I mean, those things that you know are broken or don’t work just right - get them fixed. That door knob in the kids room that is missing the kick plate, the light bulb in the 12 foot entry that has been burned out because you haven’t wanted to drag the ladder out. The Doorbell that needs batteries that you keep forgetting to pick up. FIX THEM. This includes partially done but still incomplete projects. These are easy fixes but when they don’t work they show up on the inspection report, making the inspection report longer than it needs to be & sometimes, buyers see the page count on the inspection report and THAT freaks them out before they even look at the things that the inspector lists! & check out my list of “Common Items that Inspectors Find that don’t cost a lot to Fix”
Make a list of all the upgrades & recent major repairs you have done. If you have just put a new roof on the house, get the paid invoice, date, & name of the contractor. If it’s under warranty - see if the warranty is transferrable. Make a list of the things that make your house stand out from others in the neighborhood. Do you have a larger lot? Energy Star Certified? Tinted or Shuttered Windows? Did you recently replace the appliances? Have the list ready for your Agent.
Work on Curb Appeal - first impressions are everything. Clean up the front yard & entry way. Pull the weeds, trim back the shrubs. It could be something as simple as changing where you put the large trash cans. Are they the first thing you notice when you pull up to the house? Trash, cigarette butts, pet waste - all leave an impression on potential buyers.
Speaking of trash…. Haul it away. - If you have completed a renovation or cleared out your garage, load it up and take it to the dump, DO NOT leave it on the side of the house.
These 8 things not only make for a smoother transaction, they may even save you some money during closing and the inspection!
If you are thinking about selling your home - give me a call. Let’s get started