Sellers and Listing Agents
(Part 3 of 3)
This newsletter and the last two focus on how
sellers and listing agents can improve a home's salability. Now for the INTERIOR
MAINTENANCE and APPEARANCE... Since buyers typically buy at the top of their economic
means, replacements or repairs immediately after settlement are unwelcome. Apply these
suggestions to the next sale:
1. Replace any aged water heater, furnace,
condensing unit or kitchen appliance, especially if they are over fifteen years old.
2. Insure all equipment is accessible and
3. Have all windows and doors in operating
condition. Replace double-paneled windows that contain fog.
4. Correct plumbing leaks and the cause of
moisture problems in the basement. More sales head south due to basement water problems
than any other condition.
5. Clean or replace air filters. Have all
light fixtures operable with no burned-out bulbs. Test smoke alarms.
6. Caulk all bath tub and showers joints,
including joints along walls and floors.
This three-part series has been based on my observations of
mistakes sellers make not improving their property. Sellers and their Realtors have one
goal: quick sale and maximum price. I hope my suggestions will help sell your next