Posted on: June 13, 2013
(Taken From RISMedia.com, By: David R. Leopold)
We see it every day. Sellers who don’t take the time to ensure a smooth home inspection and who pay for it in the long run. The spring market is upon us. A little preparation can ensure sellers have great home inspections.
Home inspectors typically arrive 30-45 minutes early to the home inspection appointment so that they are professionally set up and ready to go when you arrive. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been greeted at the door a half hour before everyone is set to arrive by a person who looks as if they’re freshly out of bed.
If a seller does this, he’s about two hours late for his presentation. On inspection day, the house should be empty of the owners and their presence. In fact, everything should be just like it was on the initial viewing day. Be ready for inspection day by getting up and out of the house an hour before the appointment. The home should also be clean and pets should be removed or crated.
If something isn’t working properly, don’t try to hide it. We will find it. Buyers get very suspicious when sellers deliberately try to conceal defects. They immediately see you as dishonest and wonder what else you’re hiding. It’s not worth losing their confidence over a trivial defect. Just leave a note: “We know about it and we’re getting it fixed.”
In addition, make sure the location of attic and crawlspace hatches are identified and are easily accessible, as home inspectors hate moving your stuff.
If the hatch is in a closet, remove any clothing that is hanging directly under the hatch as well as anything on the floor. Your home inspector doesn’t want to move your smelly sneakers.
It’s also important to check every area of the house for blown light bulbs. This includes the crawlspace, attic, garage and furnace room. We don’t want to waste time determining if a fixture is inoperable or simply has a blown bulb.
Do you have a septic system or a well buried in your yard? If so, make sure you leave a sketch of the locations. There’s nothing worse than a group of contractors, home inspector, buyers and their REALTOR® wandering around a yard needlessly, searching for something you know the exact location of.
Lastly, please don’t leave your dirty laundry in the washing machine or dryer. We have to test these appliances and we don’t want to pull your dirty underwear out of the washer in front of everybody. Also, make sure your oven and stovetop are clear and clean so that we can easily test them without setting off the smoke alarm.
Some of these items may seem like REALTOR® 101, but I’ve noticed over thousands and thousands of home inspections that only the most successful REALTORS® pay attention to these details. Help your seller help themselves—and you—get ready for inspection day.
David R. Leopold is the owner of Pillar To Post Home Inspection located in Fairfield County, Conn. For more information, visit pillartopost.com
Posted on: June 6, 2013
(From Metro.Us, By: Linda Laban)
If your home’s For Sale sign is becoming a fixture, still there in this red-hot spring real estate market, you might be doing something wrong. Staging is what designers do to give a home maximum eye appeal. Ave Bradley, Kimpton Hotels’ vice president of design, is responsible for creating welcoming atmospheres that appeal to a wide group of people, which is exactly the effect a home seller wants. “The important thing is to create a space that’s warm and inviting, a place people want to linger,” says Bradley. She tells us how to get our home ready for prospective buyers.
Bag the clutter … and the laundry
“Never underestimate the impact of clutter. A room that’s clean and well organized is more inviting. Also, I don’t want to see the remnants of someone else’s life. I don’t want to see their toothbrush, or their bra on a sofa! Throw everything in a trash bag and put it in a cabinet.”
Say it with flowers, not food
“Nothing is more welcoming than flowers. I like to see a big, vibrant, fresh flower arrangement. Put one in the bathroom and the living room. I see people offering these extravagant food spreads. It’s just not necessary. Also, be careful about cooking smells like bacon or fish. People want to smell lemon or lavender when they walk in, not pizza.”
Paint walls a neutral color
“In older Victorian- or Spanish-style homes, strong colors work. For most modern homes, a neutral but warm scheme is best: taupe, celadon green, white. The same goes for furniture. The bigger and bolder, the fewer people can relate. It increases the sale chances if a room’s colors are quiet and people can imagine their lives there.”
Bring on sunshine and smiles
“It’s important to get the right broker with a welcoming attitude. When you walk in, you don’t want to see a selling agent who’s arrogant. And open up drapery — there’s nothing more off-putting than walking into a place with the drapes drawn. It reminds people of sickness. Let the sunlight shine in.”
Posted on: July 27, 2011
John Coneys of Superior Mortgage sent us this light-hearted list of things NOT to do during the mortgage process. Even in these days of complicated financing guidelines, it’s actually quite easy to follow these rules and keep everything running smoothly. Thanks a lot John!
Posted by Paul Walsh
Posted on: June 6, 2011
Those of you that read my blog regularly know that I often write about Buying and Selling conditions.
From time to time I try to share interesting articles that I feel are extremely informative. Here is an article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal by Ruth Simon and Jessica Silver-Greenberg this weekend about how long term trends are pointing towards buying real estate. Worth a read!
Posted by Paul Walsh