So you are selling your home and you have received an offer, gone back and forth and have agreed on a price. Congratulations. However, unless your buyer has agreed to waive inspections or agreed to no inspection contingencies, you have only just completed Phase I of "negotiating the price". Inspection issues are one of the biggest, if not the biggest, reason why deals fall apart. They reveal a history of the care and maintenance of the home... and reveal current, or potentially future issues and financial liability.
A great course of action, to keep your offer whole as a seller, is to hire a home inspector to execute a pre-inspection... before you list. Many home inspectors offer a "lite" version of their thorough inspection, for a fraction of their full inspection rate. They will point out relatively simple things that you can do to reduce the number of items called out when your potentional buyer does their full inspection and creates their list of items to come back at you with to whittle down their offer. You can then take care of these things, prior to listing and keep more of that accepted offer in your pocket.
Some small things a seller can do to show that they care, and have cared for their home (these have come up in recent buyers inspections that I have attended, and while small, I have seen these things set the tone for inspection issue discussions, and eventually cost the seller either before closing or at closing)
1. Clean gutters and downspouts.
2. Clear basement casement window wells of debris.
3. Vacuum your basement, attic and other storage areas (remove the dead mice, true story).
4. Trim bushes and trees away from you exterior walls and roofs.
5. Have an electrician fix any non-functioning outlets and switches.
6. Replace broken or missing roofing shingles.
7. Address any visual pest situations... wasp/hornet nests, ant hills etc.
8. Address any obvious drainage issues.
9. Replace burned out light bulbs.
10. Replace broken/cracked/fogged windows. Clean windows.
11. Make sure all appliances, that are staying, work correctly.
12. Replace water and air filters.
Other things that you may want to proactively check out include water & air quality testing and septic inspection/pumping (if applicable).
Addressing small things... and knowing about potentially bigger things... will help you and your Realtor price, negotiate and eventually sell your home for the best price.
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