So, if I am a typical listing agent, I should begin this post describing how your home should present beautifully. That the dings in the wall, and scraped paint should be addressed. Do I think anyone will notice the water stain in the ceiling? YES!
But I digress…
Taking for granted that your home needs to be in great, show-shape, when it comes to the market, there are some other items that you should consider, when you are planning on bringing your home to the active market.
If you need examples of what a great, show-shape home looks like, please gander through the homes and condos on the listings page on this website. Each one of my sellers had beautiful homes, that they actively lived in. Most of those homes had families still living in them when we went to the active market. I also have a brief checklist of items that you will want to keep in mind as you get your home ready for showing. Drop your email address here and I’ll get the list out to you quickly.
What?! You haven’t looked at your home online yet? Good gravy! Get on that as soon as possible! According to the National Association of Realtors, over 90% of buyers utilize the internet, at some point, to learn more about their next home. This can reveal anything from news articles about your home to crime statistics about your neighborhood.
Google your address and comb through the first few pages of search results. Unless something drastic has happened at your address or in your neighborhood, chances are very good that you will not find anything you did not anticipate. Specifically, you will want to familiarize yourself with a few data points that buyers are relying upon.
“Zestimates” | Many buyers are referencing this site to center on a value for properties. While “Zestimates” are typically not correct, buyers will still use the valuation in making a buying decision. Heck, Zillow even publishes their own “Median Error” by city (http://www.zillow.com/howto/DataCoverageZestimateAccuracy.htm).
Michigan Sex Offender Registry | Increasingly, buyers are also looking up where sex offenders are currently living. If you are not aware of this information, in regards to your home address, this could have an impact on the sale of your home (http://www.mipsor.state.mi.us/).
Did you recently place your home in a trust? Are you the executor for an estate? Running a title report on your address, through a reputable title company, can reveal any defects on the title. At the least, a title report will reveal any additional documentation you need to bring to your closing, to smoothly transfer ownership of your home. Of course, a real estate agent, familiar with the marketplace and in business for any period of time, can point you to an excellent title company to look up and review these issues with you.