Pricing Your Home in a Sellers’ Market

When preparing your home for sale, take some time to anticipate what buyers will want to know. By addressing questions in advance of going on the market, you will get the best results and a successful contract to closing.

Sellers can take proactive steps to ensure that their home is insurable and protect themselves from buyer pushback in case any potential issues arise. While addressing potential problems with the home can be an upfront expense for the seller, it can help them save thousands of dollars in the event of a price renegotiation, bad inspection outcome, or lost time on the market. Being transparent and upfront about issues makes the process of purchasing a home more desirable and can ultimately be the deciding factor for a sale.

Curb Appeal for Selling Your Home

Curb appeal is the number one mark a seller must address when preparing their home for sale. Making a good first impression is critical, and often includes taking care of things such as pressure washing the house and driveway, cleaning the gutters and soffits, and trimming the landscaping. I walk clients through these checklists and other simple preparation tasks to help them before launching the property for professional showcasing.

Indoor Curb Appeal Tips for Selling Your Home

  • Make sure the house is clean and free of any clutter.
  • Making repairs and final touches to a home can make all the difference when the time comes to sell.
  • Dirty carpets, peeling paint, and rusty fixtures can be easily cleaned or replaced.

Improving these details with these actions will make your home look better and thus attract more attention and interest from potential buyers.

Factors that Go into Pricing Your Home

The most important thing Dianne tells homeowners is to maintain the items critical to the ongoing insurability of their home. It’s not just about keeping your home beautiful - if the essential insurability-related components are not properly maintained, it can cost you when you try to sell. Make sure to stay on top of these tasks:

  • Keeping your AC system serviced regularly. This will help it run more efficiently and extend its lifespan. Make sure to keep the coils clean with a regular maintenance program to ensure the air running through your ductwork is clean.
  • If you have a tile roof, set up a regular maintenance program to keep its tiles clean. Perform ongoing inspections to attend to any possible cracked or broken tiles.
  • Check your valves regularly. Replace them when they become rusty or corroded.

If your home has cast iron pipes, they can last for many years with the proper care. However, if not routinely checked, tree roots can eventually penetrate the pipes and cause them to fail. It’s important to have them periodically inspected for signs of damage, so that any potential problems can be addressed before it becomes too costly to repair.

Additionally, older electrical boxes can pose a number of problems, like mismatched breakers and double taps. If your electrical box shows any signs of rust or corrosion, it’s crucial to update it, so you do not experience any further issues down the road.