Selling Your Home? Here’s What Your Home Inspector Will Be Looking For

field_inspectorAre you thinking about selling your home?

If you’re at that stage of homeownership, you are probably busy contacting the right people, straightening up your rooms, and de-cluttering your home from piles that you might otherwise not have ever touched.

But do you really know what’s necessary to help your home get a passing grade for potential homebuyers?

If you’re unsure of what your home needs to look like in order to sell (or to sell for the amount you would like), don’t fret! Just look at our checklist below to see what your home inspector will be looking for during your home inspection!

Your Yard

One of the very first things that potential buyers will notice about your home is your yard, so be sure that you ready it properly! The inspector will check for proper grading drainage and for any evidence of standing water or leaks. Your trees and bushes should be in good condition, and your landscaping should be well-kept. Remember to double-check that your driveways, sidewalks, patios, and railings on your stairs are in good condition as well!

Exterior Surfaces

Next move to your surfaces outside! Make sure that your paint or stain on your home has no stains or flaking and that your vinyl or aluminum siding has no dents or damage. Your professional inspector will be able to locate any large cracks in your stucco or masonry veneers as well.

Windows and Doors

When it comes to your doors and windows, you will want to make sure you did your seasonal homework! Doors and windows will need to be secured, have no cracks or decay, and be caulked and weather-stripped. Remember, damaged screens, broken windows, and visibly neglected features are a major turnoff to potential buyers!

Your Roof

Take a look at your roof! Do you see any broken, damaged, or missing shingles? Does your roof have any cracks or splits? That could be evidence that you need to get it repaired! Your inspector will also check for decay and stains on your soffits and fascia, your gutters, and much more! Don’t forget to check your chimney, if you have one, for any damaged bricks or cracked joints!

The Attic

When your inspector checks out your attic, he or she will be looking for evidence of decay or damage to the structure and stains on the underside of your roofing. He or she will also be checking for sufficient insulation that is functional and properly installed, along with proper ventilation, and any plumbing, exhaust, or appliance vents ending in the attic.

Interior Rooms

To make sure that you’re the bedrooms, offices, and family rooms of your home are ready for potential buyers to see, make sure that you don’t have any stains or significant cracks in your walls and ceilings and that your doors latch properly and easily. Check your paint for cracks and that your flooring is in good condition, too. Your inspector will also check for adequate heating and cooling in each room and that all electrical outlets work properly.

The Kitchen

When it comes to your kitchen, your inspector will check that there are no leaks in the pipes under the sink, that your water flow in the sink is adequate, and that your cabinets are in good condition and that the doors and drawers open and close properly. You will also need to ensure that your dishwasher drains properly, has no leaks, and that it operates correctly.

Your Bathroom(s)

Whether you have one or multiple bathrooms, you will need to be prepared to impress your inspector. He or she will be looking for a working exhaust fan that doesn’t end in your attic space, adequate water flow and pressure in all of your fixtures, proper drainage in your shower, tub, and sink, and that your toilet operates properly, too. Be aware of any and all leaks; if there are any leaks present, please contact a plumber beforehand to correct the issue.

The Basement

If you’re not a fan of basements or not in your basement often, you will need to take extra care of it before the inspector comes! Make sure that your basement shows no evidence of moisture, has no exposed foundation or stains or major cracks, and has no damage from insects. Your insulation and rim and band joints will be checked as well.

Please remember that this checklist shouldn’t be solely relied upon as a home inspection report and that you shouldn’t consider it as a substitute for a professional home inspection. This list is also not a complete list, so please be sure to contact a professional home inspector for a proper inspection!

If you’re ready to sell your home in search of your dream home, then what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone right now and call us at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or visit us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com. We will find you your dream home and help you sell the home you have now!

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Need To Sell Your Home? Consider Repainting Your Walls!

 

Red Paint Can with Brush Top View Isolated On White Background.

We all know that your curb appeal is what attracts potential home buyers to your home, but do you know what can turn them off just as soon as they enter your home? Bold, dark, and overwhelming paint colors!

If you want to sell your home and your house is lavished with dark or bold paint colors, consider repainting your walls to impress your potential buyers and have them biting at the bit to buy your house!

But which shades of color should you go for? How do you go about selecting the perfect paint colors for your home when there are so many different shades to choose from? Simple! Just follow the below tips for a good guideline to selecting the colors that work best for you!

Think Like a Buyer – It can be very difficult to think about your home objectively, but it’s one of the best strategies that you can employ when trying to shape your home in the customer’s liking. Try putting yourself in the potential buyer’s shoes to decide which colors need to be changed in your home. Remember, you want the buyer to focus on the amount of square footage in your home, the house’s unique architecture, and how great you are at keeping the interior well-maintained, NOT on the wall color! Your buyer needs to think, “I can see myself living here today!” instead of, “I’ll have to paint every single room in this house – it’s too much work for me!”

Keep Your Colors Neutral – So how do you take your potential home buyer’s focus off the walls and onto the square footage or anything else you’d want them to see? Why, by choosing neutral colors for your walls, of course! But before you groan and cry out about injustice to your creative, color-loving side, keep in mind that neutral colors do NOT necessarily mean shades of white or beige. Neutral colors can also include subdued, welcoming shades of brown, gray, and green! Just keep in mind which colors would coordinate the best with what you already have in your home to make your home feel larger and more updated.

Stage Your Home For Success – There’s no doubt that the housing market’s conditions aren’t the best still. In these difficult, competitive times, sellers need to go above and beyond of what it typically takes to prepare their homes for selling. The easiest, most cost-effective way you can do this is by staging your home, and a huge part of that is painting your walls the aforementioned neutral hues. The next most effective thing you can do is to de-clutter your home (no one likes to see messy bedrooms, offices, and closets!). Even experts feel that if the home is staged it will sell more quickly and for higher prices than the homes that aren’t staged.

Want to sell your home? Need more tips on how to stage your home? Have no fear! Just call us at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298 or check out our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see how we can help you!

Successfully Sell Your Home By Staging It For All 5 Senses!

Modern dining room with hanging lamps on, there are chairs and table setup with fancy items on the wooden floorIt’s no lie – the real estate market is tough these days, especially when it comes to selling your house. Don’t feel deterred by this fact, though – it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to ever sell your house. It simply means that you need to be creative with how you’re PRESENTING it to others.

That’s right – it’s time for you to discover the not-so-new power of “staging!”

Think of it as a job interview for your house, so to speak. When you come to an interview, you need to be prepared for any questions that come your way, look your best, and, most importantly these days, be memorable. You have to make sure your house stands out against all the other houses out there on the market to ensure that you have customers chomping at the bit to buy your lovely home!

Check out the following tips to ensure that your house is appealing to all five senses of your customers!

SIGHT – This is a given, but it needs to be said anyway – you need to make sure all of the rooms in your home are nice and tidy and uncluttered (this goes for closets, too!). A tidy, organized room allows the customer to not only be in a calm frame of mind but also picture how the rooms could look in their hands. While you’re at it, it would be best to replace personal pictures, trophies and awards, and your children’s artwork with simple, classic décor so your customer can really envision their own lives in your home. If you have any stained or damaged furniture, be sure to clean it up or at least cover your furniture with slipcovers.

SOUND – This sense could be a bit more difficult to appeal to in certain circumstances. If you have an open house, you could incorporate some soft classical music to play lightly in the background so your customers feel more at ease. For smaller, more intimate sales, do your best to ensure that there are no barking dogs in your home, and remember to turn off noisy equipment, along with televisions, radios, and washers and dryers. In this case, silence is golden!

SMELL – Each and every room should smell clean, but you will want to avoid the smells of harsh chemicals like bleach and glass cleaners! Opt for more pleasant scents – consider using candles or simple air fresheners to create a calm, inviting ambiance. If you smoke or have pets, you’ll have to do some extra work to make potential buyers feel more at home. Dander and smoke can permeate furniture, carpets, and even walls! Take your dog out for the day, and do your best to eradicate the smells by cleaning the carpets and repainting the walls.

TASTE – You can think of open houses as a fun little party! Be a giving homeowner and provide your “guests” with food and drinks alike. Be sure you have enough finger foods to go around (make sure that they’re not messy, though!). If you have a small showing going on, the aroma of freshly baked brownies or cookies can make your potential buyer feel right at home and salivating for more!

TOUCH – Think about everything your customer could touch – doorknobs, handles, doors, handrails, tiles, and much more. Be aware if you have any broken or chipped tiles, loose or missing handles or knobs, or any wobbly and unsecured handrails – these prove to be red flags to a potential buyer. Make any and all minor repairs before you show your home!

By stimulating the senses and creating a calming ambiance through staging, you are drawing your buyer in and helping them envision themselves in your home! Done right, this can be a sure-fire way to find yourself a buyer!

If you’re ready to sell your house, be sure to give us a call here at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298 or visit us at our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com for more information! We’d be more than happy to help you sell your home so you may find your dream home!