Selling Portage MI Real Estate: Portage and Kalamazoo home sellers, we know you want to sell your house for as much money as possible in the quickest time possible! Take this solid real estate advice before you list your home for sale with the Veenstra Team. Let us help you walk through your house like a home inspector!
Everyone brings their own priorities to the table when checking out the Portage homes for sale. Some folks drive street-by-street through their favored neighborhoods, eliminating or accepting through that first curb-appeal impression. Others trawl through the web listings, prioritizing by price, or lot size, or by number of bedrooms. Regardless of how they determine which Portage homes for sale get a second look, savvy buyers eventually compare the amount of repair work each will need. Before your home goes on the market, let us help you think and walk through your house like an inspector.
This is not to suggest that anyone except an experienced professional will be able to complete a thorough inspection – your buyers will likely hire a Kalamazoo area NASHI certified home inspection pro for that. Nevertheless, while you are getting ready to put your home on the market, putting on your inspector’s hat can help you whittle down the field.
When you watch an inspector at work, you will first notice that he or she spends an inordinate amount of time looking upward, so that’s a good place to start. An older home may have roofing issues, since some materials are made to last only about 15 to 30 years. Homes for sale with ceilings that show staining, corners with peeling paint, or buckled plasterboard are tip-offs that damage might already have taken place. If you have roofing issues, we will help you determine whether you should repair/replace the roof or perhaps offer an allowance to your prospective buyers. If there is any old staining from a old leak that has been repaired, we will likely advise you to paint it.
An exterior walk-around to check for irregularities in the roof could be an indication of needed repair or replacement. Look for cupping or blistered shingles or exposed matrix (the stuff under the shingles).
Then look down. Again, the usual suspect is water damage — an initial cause of foundation problems, mold and rot issues. Inspect the walls and exposed foundation for discoloration or patching.
As you are walking around, look for poor drainage: sloping which leads toward rather than away from the house itself. Drainage that leads toward the home can cause water damage you may never have suspected without crawling under the house — damage to crawlspaces, walls and foundation, and almost all inspectors point this out. If you can change the slope of the ground around your house before putting the house on the market, it is typically a good idea.
These are only a few examples of elements that are sometimes overlooked when you decide to put your Portage or Kalamazoo home for sale. The Veenstra Team has helped over 1250 home buyers and sellers and we will be happy to walk through your house with you before you put it on the market.
Questions? Call us anytime! We offer a free home marketing consultation and will tell you how much your home is worth given current market conditions.