Birmingham Real Estate: You've Got Options: Preparing to Sell: Comestics vs Needed Repairs

Preparing to Sell: Comestics vs Needed Repairs

What's Really Important?

Many times sellers go to great extremes to make a house look nice before putting it on the market.  They may update kitchens and baths, paint, lay new carpet and other such visually appealing changes.  But what about the maintenance issues that relate to the functionality of the home.  A good looking home decor isn't what a good home inspector is going to be looking for.  A home inspection is going to be looking for how well systems in the home were maintained and for any defects that you would want to know about before buying a home.

While the visual appeal will draw in buyers, home sellers have to go one step further in keeping the buyer INterested and that's by making sure to pay attention to what's under the hood (so to speak).  It's fun to give a home a facelift and see it transition from boring to beautiful.  However the buyer and the bank will be looking at much more.

Create yourself a checklist and while some may disagree, a home inspection before listing may not be such a bad idea (but you get to decide that).  By getting a home inspection first and addressing issues before a buyer comes along, well it just gives the buyer the impression that you're a homeowner that really cared about and for your home.



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Comment balloon 6 commentsCharita Cadenhead • September 02 2015 09:32AM


I hope home sellers will read this post and learn from it. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 4 years ago

Me too Gita.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (eXp Realty) almost 4 years ago

Good morning, Charita Cadenhead it's a wise decision to have a home inspection before least you can make repairs and/or understand that there are repairs to be done and price accordingly.... it's never done in my area, but we're always the last to catch on!!!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) almost 4 years ago

Believe it or not Barbara, I thought of you when I wrote this post.  Thanks for weighing in.   Getting an inspection can definitely ward off some surprises.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (eXp Realty) almost 4 years ago

I had a friend that decided last night to let the home she has under contract go due to "under the hood" problems that were revealed in the home inspection process. I love that term, by the way.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) almost 4 years ago

Hey Debbie sometimes it just happens like that right?

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (eXp Realty) almost 4 years ago