Fix Small Issues Before You Put Your Home on the Market
When people are getting their house ready to put on the market, it's better to get problems taken care of first rather waiting for an inspector to uncover them with a contract on the line, real estate agents say.
A seller who doesn't get problems fixed ahead of time may make less money on a house, because everybody thinks what they have to fix costs more than what it actually costs.
Common problems are windows or siding in need of repair, safety-related problems with the electricity, problems with concrete sidewalks or the driveway, and plumbing issues.
Even a procession of little things uncovered in a home inspection can add up mentally to the buyer. It makes them wonder; they could even become uneasy.
Sellers should be aware of requirements of certain types of financing that a buyer might choose, such as VA or FHA loans. Such requirements could include good drainage, lack of peeling paint or handrails.
While some home sellers can take care of cosmetic changes or small repairs themselves, others don't have the time or talent and have to hire the work out. Most real estate agents have their own handyman and specialists to recommend to their clients.
I've got a plumber, an electrician, a concrete guy, a handyman, a painter. and a guy that installs carpet. There are ones that stay on my list, and those that go off. A lot of that has to do with reliability and price.
These are some of the jobs people should get taken care of before putting their house on the market:
- Cleaning windows, either inside and outside or just outside.
- Having rugs cleaned and stretched rather than replaced.
- Installing GFCI's where required by code.
Some of the jobs can be handled by a handyman; others require more of a specialist. I'm happy to help. Let me know what I can do...
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Ken Huebsch: Your premier real estate agent in the Greater Harrisburg area. I am a specialist in Harrisburg real estate as well as the communities of Palmyra, Hershey, and Hummelstown. My wife Leslye and I have a combined 40+ years' experience serving our clients -We KNOW Harrisburg. When you plan to buy or sell Harrisburg area real estate, allow us to work for you. We are dedicated professionals and are here for your success.
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