Sellers: What Every Buyer Wants to Know

Action-ListsPlanning to list your home in the coming weeks? Get the best offer for your house by making it accessible to buyers with information. Sounds pretty easy, right? Every homebuyer wants to know specific aspects of homes they’re considering purchasing. Providing information that may seem unimportant initially, could ultimately be determining factors in their decision to make an offer on your home.

This information may include:

• How old is the home? When was it last renovated? How old is the roof?
• What structures or fixtures are included in the list price that are not already identified in your local standard contract? ( statues, pottery, playsets outside, furniture, golf or social membership,etc.)
• What are the home’s annual costs? (Electric, municipal water, gas, oil, lawn care, pool maintenance, etc.)
• Has the home required asbestos, lead or mold removal? Has the home been tested for radon?
• How is the home heated and/or cooled? How old is the heating and/or cooling system? How old is the hot water heater?
• How old is the wiring? Is it up to code?
• Has the well water been tested?
• Is/was a propane gas tank buried on the property?
• Are there any outstanding permits or liens on the property?
• What are the homeowners association fees? What is the move-in fee? What amenities or services are provided by the HOA?

Providing these answers up front not only meets prospective buyers on their terms but also could lead to an offer on your home that much sooner. Work with your Real Estate agent to gather this information, or as much as you can when listing your property. It will be appreciated!