Take care of pesky sit­u­a­tion

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - Front Page -

THE need to pre­pare your prop­erty for sale can never be over-es­ti­mated. One of the first things po­ten­tail buy­ers look for is ev­i­dence the home has been cared for. Signs of ne­glect can eas­ily put buy­ers off or at the least dis­suade them from of­fer­ing any­where near your de­sired sell­ing price. Re­paint­ing any parts of the home that are show­ing wear and tear – even some­thing as sim­ple as a thor­ough clean (get rid of any bath­room mould) can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween a quick sale for top dol­lar and your home lan­guish­ing on the mar­ket. But there is an­other cru­cial step you should con­sider as part of your sale prepa­ra­tion. All agents have seen a con­tract crash on a prop­erty – or at least a de­mand from the buyer for a sub­stan­tial price re­duc­tion – thanks to an un­sat­is­fac­tory build­ing and pest re­port. It can be frus­trat­ing se­cur­ing a great price for your prop­erty, only to see the en­tire process fall over be­cause of an un­known struc­tural or pest is­sue. You can avoid this eas­ily by mak­ing pre-sale build­ing and pest in­spec­tions part of your sale prepa­ra­tion. The cost of just a few hun­dred dol­lars is well worth it when you con­sider the peace of mind it will give you, or, if there is bad news, at least give you the chance to rec­tify the prob­lem prior to go­ing on the mar­ket. Dar­ren Reed prin­ci­pal, Reed Realty

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