Prepare before you sell: 6 things to do before you sell
There are probably not always or only six things to do before you sell, but the number six is a very typical number. So, let us start: Get estimates from a reliable repair person on items that need to be replaced soon, a roof or worn carpeting, for example. In this way, buyers will have a better sense of how much these needed repairs will affect their costs. You cannot hide the problems; the home inspector will find them.
Repair or not repair…that is the Question
Should you decide to do the repairs (which is always the better idea), go with a licensed contractor. For a roof repair, you need a permit, for an A/C exchange also. The first thing a home inspector does before he comes to your home is checking all the permits on the Building Department’s website. Don’t cut this corner. If there is no “closed permit” for your roof replacement, most buyers will walk.
Termite Inspection is a must in Florida
Especially when your home is a wood frame, a termite inspection report is extremely helpful, because many buyers from northern states think that those insects fancy wood frame homes
What about a Home Warranty?
Try to find your warranties and guarantees on the furnace, appliances, and other items that will remain with the house. Think about a home warranty when your appliances are older. Buyers like
the idea that their first year will be without surprises.
Do you need to provide written Property Disclosures?
No, you don’t. There is no law or rule in effect that dictates that you have to provide written property disclosures. However, that does not relief you of the duty to disclose any material defect you know of. You still have to disclose that plumbing problem or the roof leak that had to be fixed.
You have never lived in the house because you used it as a rental home? So what? Did the renter pay for the roof repair without telling you? Please! You still need to disclosure that as well. Because you paid the bills, you know what it was for.
So, you do you need to provide a Property Disclosures, but what will a potential buyer think about that? Most likely he or she will assume that you are hiding important facts. Therefore, take the wind out of their sails and fill out the disclosure form. That will make everybody happy.