In preparing one of our rental properties for market, I was proactive and did a home inspection to find out what was wrong. I wanted to know what the buyers would find out when they did their inspection.
BEFORE the Inspectors came . . .
1. Our Roof was an older roof that probably had 1 year or so left. So I purchased Elastomera paint that was Miami-Dade approved (that’s for those of us in Florida hurricane territory) to extend the life of the roof 3 years. Not only did it extend the life of the roof, it is now nice and white.
2. Painted the exterior of the house — relatively inexpensive $1,000
3. Repaired the screens
4. Cleaned the Driveway and sidewalks
5. Checked the switches and replaced as necessary; put new garden hoses out; new lightbulbs in fixtures (so it was bright), replaced the kitchen faucet, checked for any cracked caulking in bathrooms, windows, etc.; cleaned air conditioner filters, coils, and cleaned the house
6. Planted fresh flowers and plants; trimmed existing ones – this makes every house look GREAT!
7. Freshened and touched up paint on inside
So I invested about $3,000 getting our house pretty for the market and making sure that major things were taken care and the home was in good working order. I want to know that my buyer has a good home when I turn over the keys. The Inspectors found some minor things and suggested the house needed insulation – we will leave that for the new buyers.
By the way, my renters took great care of this house, so there wa
s very little for me to do except some cosmetic things that I wanted to do to bring it to market – so when you rent, screen your tenants well.
As a real estate professional, my goal is to bring value and have you ‘Love Where You Live!’
If you or someone you know is thinking about selling their home, be sure to download my eBook: 7 Insider Tips to Get Top Dollar for Your Home at www.DebbieWysocki.com and contact me at 954-579-5720. Let me know how I can be of service to you in buying or selling your home.
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