The 7 “D’s” to Follow
Inspections by Bob has 12 years of experience providing Maryland homeowners with Pre-Listing home inspections. We are independent home inspectors that pride ourselves on providing only the most comprehensive knowledge and home inspections to our clients. Read on to learn more about the preparations that you should make to your property that will result in the “SOLD” sign hanging out front before you know it!
You should aim to remove at least a third of your home’s contents before letting prospective buyers tour it. This includes all areas of the house, including closets, kitchen drawers, storage areas and garages. Every area needs to appear open, so the home looks spacious. Store the boxes and extra furniture off-site
Take the time to give your entire home a deep cleaning. This includes all the grout in the bathrooms and kitchen, vacuuming the register covers, scrubbing the woodwork, and washing windows inside and out.
Take down most, if not all, family photos. Most Realtors agree that buyers can be put off by seeing too many pictures of a home’s occupants; they need to be able to picture themselves in the home instead.
There could be many people walking through your home, so pack up your valuables and store them somewhere other than at the house. Password-protect any computer system in the house. Keep any prescription drugs in a bag or box that you take with you when you leave the house for a showing.
Collect the maintenance records for your major appliances (furnace, heat pump, water heater, septic system, etc.) and make copies available to prospective buyers. And if the systems are overdue for maintenance, make the appointments to have the work done. Also, have copies available of invoices for major renovations or improvements, including any warrantees that will convey
Does your home have any unusual features that might not be immediately identifiable? Potential buyers may not be familiar with home automation control panels, or custom – built home theaters. Consider making signs to post next to these items explaining what they are, to prevent confusion.
Make sure your house is looking its best for any showing by doing a little staging. Set the dining table for a formal dinner. Have a bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter. Set up the family room with a board game in progress. To get inspiration for staging, just leaf through interior design magazines or search the web.
Last but not least – Don’t forget to schedule your pre-listing inspection with Inspections by Bob!