The Advantages of Ordering a Home Inspection as a Seller


As a seller, should you consider getting a home inspection report ahead of time? Here are my thoughts.

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Sellers are always asking what repairs I think an inspector will call for after looking at their home. When sellers ask me questions like this, I tell them, “Let’s find out sooner rather than later.” Sellers don’t need to wait for the buyer to order a home inspection. You can be proactive and get one done ahead of time. In fact, getting major repairs taken care of in advance can greatly benefit you from a listing perspective.


A passing inspection report will make you, your agent,
and the buyer more confident in the transaction.


When you have a home inspection report that shows your property is in good condition, you’re giving the buyer peace of mind. As a result, they’ll feel more comfortable when purchasing your home. Having a home inspection performed ahead of time could lead to a faster offer and possibly a higher price. Your home will stand out from other listings that don’t have an inspection report backing them up. A passing inspection report will make you, your agent, and the buyer more confident in the transaction. Also, my team and I highly recommend you work with a home inspector who is accredited by the American Society of Home Inspectors. We would be happy to refer you to a specific professional. If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Why Is Getting an Appraisal So Important?


Is it really important to get an appraisal before selling your home? It absolutely is, and I have a few reasons why.

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Should you get an appraisal when selling your house? If so, when? Will it help? Yes, sellers should get an appraisal. When? As soon as you begin thinking about selling. As to whether or not it will help, it absolutely will. If you’re thinking of selling and you have an appraisal, then you have a basis or a range where the certified professional feels the home is valued. From there, you can determine where to price it.


You’ll know how much you’re going to net and what you can afford to spend on the other end.


If you’re considering pricing the home at or below the appraised value, you certainly have a feather in your cap now. Buyers will look at your home and they will immediately see value. They'll feel more justified in making you an offer and more likely to make a higher one. Your home will stand out amongst other homes which have a question mark for a price, where yours has a certified appraisal. Agents will be more interested and likely to show and sell your home. With an appraisal in hand, there is no question as to whether or not the property will be qualified for mortgage financing. An agent will know that they’ll have a smooth transaction without any appraisal glitches. And for you, the seller? Peace of mind. You know the right price to ask for on your property. Equally as important, you’ll know how much you’ll net and what you can afford to spend on the other end. If you’re thinking of selling, I’d be happy to share with you the names and numbers of local, certified, professional appraisers. We’re here to help.

Now May Be the Time to Downsize


Is downsizing the right path for you? Today I have some points to think about if you’re considering moving to a smaller home.

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Sellers often ask what the best time to downsize is. If you’re thinking about it enough to the point where you’re asking that question, the answer is probably, “Right now.” Many times sellers who are thinking about downsizing aren’t quite ready—they’re still attached to their home, but it’s just too large. They just aren’t using all of the rooms or all of the facilities within the community. Maybe they were golfing when they first purchased the home and now they’re paying a lot in fees for amenities they just don’t use. Maybe they were boaters, and now they’re paying really high taxes to be in a beautiful waterfront location with a slip that doesn’t hold a boat any longer.


A smaller home usually means less maintenance, and it’s often better from a financial standpoint.


For those people, it may be time to downsize. A smaller home usually means less maintenance, and it’s often better from a financial standpoint. You can cash out your equity and use it to enjoy life or invest it better. You may also need to downsize for medical reasons—maybe you need assisted living or better accessibility for mobility scooters, etc. When downsizing, it’s always better to be proactive. A move can be stressful, and you’ll want to make that move while you’re in good health, while you can make good decisions, and while it’s smooth. We want to help you make that move as easy and enjoyable as possible. If you have any questions about downsizing or other real estate topics, always call Susan! Make it a great day.