Tips for Selling Your House This Spring

Feb 21st, 2012Comments Off on Tips for Selling Your House This Spring

Tips for Selling Your House This Spring

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With this years spring home buying season swiftly approaching,  pre listing home inspections are a must for the seller. Trust me, if you have maintained your home while living there it will show, especially to the seasoned home inspector.

It’s not a bad idea to  hire a home inspector before trying to sell your home. It may sound like an added expense  but it could save you a lot of money and stress early on. “It will pinpoint  areas of concern or ” Deal Killers” that could be a potential problem,” and “It gives the seller the ability to address it before a buyer comes in to judge.” 20/20 Home Inspection of NJ specializes in this service.

Remember, you’re not buying a neglected house, so don’t sell one either.

Having your home Pre inspected ultimately also gives the potential buyers the sense that the seller actually cared about their home. Just be sure to show proof of the home inspection and any repairs made as  doing so avoids any unnecessary questions and speed bumps during the transaction.


John Buckley of 20/20 Home Inspection based out of Manasquan NJ provided the following pre-listing home inspection checklist to keep things significantly less nerve-racking and not terribly costly before the buyer’s home inspector comes through.


1. Clean your gutters out. This is a commonly overlooked detail that just ends up being a hassle later on. Don’t get docked for such a simple yard work chore.

2. If your furnace is over 15 years old, spend the $100 it typically costs to have it serviced and cleaned. “Then make a copy and put it in a Ziploc bag and tape it to the furnace,” says Salomon. “Home inspectors are known for calling out a problem when there isn’t a problem there. Put the proof up to eliminate the uncertainty the home inspector will fall to otherwise.”

3. Check for negative drainage of the landscape around the house. You don’t want to flood the basement, so get some dirt and toss it into the wheelbarrow and level out the negative slopes.
4. Reinstall any handrails. Many people remove the handrails along their stairs, but when you move out you want to put them back. The home inspector will insist on it.

5. If it’s safe, check out the condition of your roof. You want things looking normal, or, otherwise you’ll have to get some maintenance help.

6. Check the auto reverse on the garage door opener. Make sure there’s a safety release.

7. Sounds funny, but check that all toilets are flushed properly. “You’d be surprised how many people forget about flushing the toilet in the ‘other bathroom,’ or, guest room,” says Salomon. “You don’t want things to pop up.”

8. Check your sink and bathtub drains. You need a functional drain, not a slow drain. The home inspector will fill up your tub and watch for what happens. Get any hair out and add Drano when necessary.

9. Take care of any leaks if you can. Check under your sinks and vanities for leakage and tighten what you can on your own.

10. Check your windows. Open and close each window — especially the ones that go up and down so as to make sure the springs are in place and the windows won’t slam down.

11. Fix up any deteriorated exterior paint.
12. Test out the dishwasher and washing machine along with any other appliances that will be staying behind. You want everything functioning properly, so there are no surprises.

For more information on NJ home inspections please call us at 732-743-5665 










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About author:

John Buckley is a loving father, husband and Home Inspector. He has spent over 20 years of his career in the construction industries with expertise in general contracting, plumbing, landscaping, appliance, roofing & siding repairs and installation. His main focus has always been on providing clients with world class service and care.

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