Alexandria VA Homes for Sale: February 2013

Alexandria VA Sellers: If You’re a DIYer, then Do It Before You Sell

home inspection adviceThere is nothing more frustrating to an Alexandria VA Home Seller who is quite capable of handling any number of fairly simple home repairs  than to be given a list of requested repairs the new Buyers expect you to make, only to see the fine print at the bottom of the addendum:“All  repairs are to be performed by a licensed contractor.” 

After all, you are perfectly capable of making those repairs yourself…why pay someone?

And while this can certainly be negotiated, you can run into a snag when the Buyer isn’t so sure about your handyman skills, especially when that home inspection report lists quite a few items that should have been in working order in a well maintained home.

The question in the Buyer’s mind becomes, “if you are so handy, then why were there so many issues on the home inspection?”

Eh…a little awkward. In the Buyer’s shoes, wouldn’t you be thinking the same thing?

The way to avoid this issue in the first place is to go through your house and make sure it is in tip top condition before putting it on the market.  If you find things that should be in better condition or in working order that are not, then fix them before you try to sell.

Here is a handy list of common home inspection issues we see frequently, many of which are easily fixed – and easily avoidable as an issue.

Handyman fixing gutterIn addition to having a cleaner home inspection report as well as saving money on doing repairs yourself instead of having to hire a licensed contractor, you will also gain the advantage of having a house that appears well maintained, which can make a difference in not only offer price by number of days on market.

Even burned out light bulbs can cause a light bulb of a different type to go on over a Buyer’s head:  “hmmmm, what else have they neglected?” is what they will be thinking.

The houses that attract the most attention – and typically, the most offers and higher prices – are the ones that are truly move in ready and in tip-top condition.  By identifying deferred maintenance and addressing it early in the process, you will be insuring your house will appeal to a wider group of prospective home buyers.

Many first time home buyers – or buyers whose lifestyles  insures time  is at a premium – often will not consider buying a home that needs too much work.  They simply don’t have the experience or the time to deal with the issues, so they will simply move on to the next house that meets their needs.

So, if you are a handy “do it yourself’er” do yourself a favor and just “do it” before you put your house on the market.

 

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Comment balloon 4 commentsSusan Haughton • February 16 2013 03:15PM
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