Show Your Home Some Love

It is important for home owners to understand that today’s buyer has access to more information and is therefore more savvy than ever before. Small issues often trigger red flags with buyers which have them opting to walk away rather than walking into the unknown.

Even if you are not contemplating selling now, you very well might be some day and preventative maintenance (LOVE) spent today often saves thousands later. It’s best to take extra special care of your home long before you even consider putting it on the market.

Here’s how to see your home with a buyer’s eye so you can avoid problems that may scuttle a sale in the future:

Be Organized

Keep all papers and receipts. It is helpful to keep separate files for annual bills (taxes & insurance), monthly bills (utilities), equipment, manuals and repairs and warranties. Repairs should be documented and undertaken in such a way as to get to the root of the issue explaining what was done and why and if there is a warranty for the work, how the warranty works and whether it is transferable or not. Always think long range when making repairs to a substantial asset such as real property.
LOVE = BE METICULOUS ABOUT HOME DOCUMENTS

Be Proactive About Home Maintenance

What are you waiting for? We joke but seriously…don’t wait.
Change your batteries, filters and perform maintenance on a schedule.
Most annual maintenance can be done quarterly through inspections
and a few weekend projects.
HOME LOVE = USE A QUARTERLY HOME MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

Get Permits

What are you waiting for? We joke but seriously…don’t wait.
Change your batteries, filters and perform maintenance on a schedule.
Most annual maintenance can be done quarterly through inspections
and a few weekend projects.
HOME LOVE = USE A QUARTERLY HOME MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

Don’t make the mistake of undertaking a renovation without a permit. Cutting this corner often results in small defects found by inspectors that expose your potential buyer the risk of being responsible to the municipality for what you have done or what you have failed to do and/or being uninsurable. Unpermitted work is never a good idea and it is one of the more frequent deal breakers.
HOME LOVE = DON’T TAKE SHORTCUTS!

Deborah Moore
Broker Owner

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