At this stage, you need to prepare your home to attract potential buyers. Remember; you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression!
Properly preparing your property for potential buyers can make the difference between a quick sale at a good price and a difficult sale with price reductions.
Once again, be objective. Buyers go by what they see, so look at your property through a buyer’s eyes. Understand its strengths and weaknesses. A clean, orderly house inspires confidence and sells more easily. If needed, invite a few of your friends over, take them through your home and ask them to make comments on the condition of your property.
Understand, too, that many potential buyers take a look at your property from the outside, without even contacting you. It’s your home’s "curb appeal" that attracts visitors first.
Here is a list of things to consider to ensure that your house makes a "buy me" impression.
Making sure the property and any amenities are in good shape doesn’t increase the value, but it does consolidate it. After all, a buyer expects a working water heater and a watertight roof.
A building inspector can help you determine the repairs that need to be done. An inspection will assess the quality of construction of your property, and in addition to demonstrating your transparency, it will reinforce the buyer’s feeling of confidence.
Contact an inspector who is a member of a professional order. He or she will have professional insurance against errors and omissions. Be present for the inspection and ask questions.