When a home is put up for sale, it becomes obvious that many people are going to view it.  They will be seeing it in person with their real estate agent, or looking at it on the realtor's web site.  As a result, they are going to have a lot of questions about the condition of the home, especially since a purchase today has become a very detailed process.

I recommend that you, as the seller, should consider having a professional home inspection as soon as you make the decision to put your house on the market. Whether you live in Berkeley, Oakland or Piedmont, the same applies.

This concept is often disturbing to many sellers, because, while they may think that they know what is in need of repair, they often are concerned that many new things will turn up as a result of the inspection.  Actually, having an immediate inspection may be a good, rather than a bad thing.  Knowing all the issues will put you in control. Here is why:

a.  It allows you to decide what you can and cannot afford to fix, and what you may be willing to negotiate about.

b. It permits you to choose who will inspect your home, rather than turning that decision over to the future buyer.

c. It provides you with an opportunity to fix corrections on your terms.  You can hire dependable people who will be responsible to you, follow your directions, and permit you to control the cost of materials and the range of repairs.

d. The final reason has to do with the first impression that you will make on potential buyers.  If they come in, and find a string of issues that needs attention, it devalues their appreciation of the many positive things that your home has to offer.

As your agent, I can assist you in making these decisions, and advise you as to the very best way to present your home for sale.  It can make a significant difference in your asking price. 

Posted by Bruce Wagg on


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