7 Home Inspection Tips for Sellers: Get the Highest Offer

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Selling your home can be a very exciting, but nerve wrecking time. It’s likely that you want to make a sale as soon as possible, but you also want to make sure that you get the most money for your home.

If you don’t have the time or money to complete a full renovation or upgrade of everything in your house, you can still ensure that you’re maximising your home’s potential and creating a real sale worthy product for buyers.

For tips on how to ace your home inspection, generate interest in your home, and get the most money, check out our list below.

Understand Your Market

It’s important to understand the community that your home is in and what types of trends are happening there.

Is your community one where retirees like to dwell? Is it a place for young families?

Or, is your community a trendy place where young professionals are eager to live and work?

Knowing the likely audience for your inspection is key to making sure that your house is prepared.

Different audiences will care about different aspects of your home and community at large. You need to be able to identify those interests ahead of time and highlight them during your inspections.

Create Curb Appeal

Generally, people do not want to buy an ugly house. Even if your house is amazing on the inside, if you have not done anything to channel that on the outside, people will likely show less interest.

And the good news is that proper landscaping and a beautiful home entrance can add up to 20% to your home’s value!

So, make sure you clean up and spruce up your yard space to ensure it creates a great first impression before potential buyers ever set foot inside.

Clean Up

In addition to making sure your yard is clean and tidy, you must make sure that the inside of your house is also clean. Get rid of all clutter situations and make sure to sweep, mop and vacuum all of your floor spaces.

If there is any obvious grime on your walls, blinds, or fixtures – you want to wipe those down as well.

You want potential buyers to know that you loved and took care of your house and don’t want them to think they will have to hire a decontamination team to come in if they decide to buy.    

Ensuring your house is clean also includes clearing any evidence of your pets. While you love your four legged companions, potential homebuyers might not feel the same way. Make sure to clean up and put away any evidence of them and keep them out of sight during inspections.

Create Bright, Airy Spaces

During home inspections, you want to make sure that your home is bright and fresh.

Open blinds and make sure to air out your home days before your scheduled inspections.

Airing out your home will neutralise odors that you might not even be aware of.

To help ensure that you neutralise smells in your home, you can also invest in an air purifier to clear the air.

Don’t Skip Staging

Evaluate your home’s décor with fresh eyes.

Does it pop? Look inviting?

Most importantly, is it suitable for your market and audience?

You might need to make some minor adjustments. Proper staging of your home can help inspire vision in potential homebuyers to the point where they can see their stuff, and themselves, living in your space.

And staging doesn’t necessarily mean that you need new furniture. You could just need to rearrange your furniture or add some couch covers, throw pillows, or blankets to help create the style that will suit your market.

Control the Climate

Home inspections must be comfortable. When people enter your home they should feel that they are in a clean, bright, space that is well loved and decorated.

They can’t feel that way if they are sweating from the blistering heat or shaking from impeding frostbite.

Make sure that the temperature in your home is at a comfortable setting.

Ensuring that your guests don’t have to think about the climate in your house not only makes them physically comfortable, but also won’t raise any red flags about potential appliance issues.

Fix Cracks

Inspect your own home for minor (or major) cracks in the walls or ceiling. If you see a crack, make sure to fix it before your inspections.

You don’t want to give the impression that your home is falling apart and that new homeowners will have a lot of renovation work to do if they buy.

Fixing cracks will only take you minutes, yet will give a good impression of your home and likely encourage higher offers.

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