I am going to go through quite a few things you can do that will help speed up the home selling process. Over the past month I have had a few inspections that made me wonder why these homes are even on the market. Even the simple little things were not completed for the home to be ready for sale. This is piss poor preparation at its best. Selling your home is not rocket science, but it important to properly prepare your home. In most cases your home is your biggest investment, and if it’s not properly taken care of you will not get a good return on your investment.
The old saying “It takes money to make money” does apply here. Depending upon the condition of your home, you can invest as little as $1500 to ensure that your home is going to be ready for the market. I am going to start off with some of the most common areas of your home that a buyer will be concerned about.
Let’s start with potential health hazards that may be lurking in your home. Has your home ever been tested for Radon Gas? A current radon test of your home will help the selling process tremendously. The Radon test will take about 2-4 days to complete, and there is nothing strenuous that you have to do. Simply put the tester in the desired location and do not disturb it. The State of Missouri if providing FREE radon test kits to all homeowners. You can get a radon test kit free thanks from the State of Missouri. Simply fill out the information listed on a page and you should receive a radon test kit in about 10 days. Radon gas is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. If your radon gas levels are above the acceptable levels, you will have the time to perform proper mitigation. And also, by performing this test, you will be helping your family. You won’t know if you don’t do the testing.
Let’s go into the sewage disposal of your home. If your home is on a public sewer system, you are responsible for the piping from your connection to the main line. If you have never had a sewer lateral inspection, it would be very wise to complete this testing. It will notify you of tree roots or damaged sections of pipe that you might not be aware of. The cost of a basic sewer lateral inspection is about $180. I feel this is well worth the cost, especially if further problems are discovered. If there are, you have time to get the best pricing on repairs. With this and any other repairs you may need throughout your pre-listing planning, ensure that you have transferrable warranties which will also put the buyer at ease?
For those in rural areas that are currently on their own septic systems, a septic inspection and service is a must do. The service will empty the septic tank and prepare for it for new homeowners. The inspection of your system will of course ensure it is in proper working order. Currently, the price to replace a failing septic systems is well over $10,000. The costs of a service and inspection are probably around $500 to $600. Prices will depend upon your location. As you can see though, the $600 spent could save you thousands in the long run.
And now for something most people overlook and take for granted. That is your heating and cooling system. I recommend that a seasonal checkup be performed on your HVAC system. The cost of this will vary, but it should be under $200 in most areas. Ideally, a service should be completed on an annual basis to ensure your system is operating efficiently. This will help you save money each year by reducing your energy usage. By having your system serviced, you are giving the buyer confidence that the AC will work during the hot summer months and they will not freeze in the winter.
Next week, we will get into the bones of your home.