Before Selling, Fix the Things that Take it on the Chin

Getting ready to sell your VT property? You will–of course–clean your home thoroughly, remove visual clutter and service major systems. You might add a fresh coat of paint to any well-loved walls. And, call your pro, your REALTOR. For key repairs you can consider, check out this list of common home defects found during property inspections.

According to InterNACHI, these eight items are common home defects;

  1. Doors need adjusting and servicing
  2. Faucets and shower heads need servicing
  3. Moisture seals [caulk and sealant] are missing from exterior and interiors
  4. Outlets and switches are not working and/or not GFCI
  5. Smoke alarms are missing or not current with fire safety regulations
  6. Sheetrock on walls has nail pops or small cracks
  7. Light fixtures are not working or missing bulbs
  8. Electrical panel has deficiencies

In Vermont, none of these should be a surprise, given our intense winter weather. Your house takes it on the chin.

We have 30+ years of experience helping Sellers here in North Western Vermont. What do we see nearly every time?  Missing GFCI outlets in bathrooms, near the kitchen sink and washer. GFCI, or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter was invented by Californian Charles Dalziel, in 1961. GFCI outlets protect you from electrocution. GFCI first became required in 1971, and is now required within six feet of any water supply. This includes sinks, showers, tubs and washers. Having GFCI in these places brings your home up to current National Electric Safety Code. So, you can be confident you are selling a safe home to your Buyer.

Smart Buyers Will Trust, and Verify

The buyer may need to pay for a property inspection, for financing. The Inspector will investigate these common areas of defect and much more. Ask your Realtor to help you maximize the inspection process, and anticipate the critical repair items that the Buyer might ask you to address, before closing. For more things to expect from your Realtor, visit our FAQ. For more help getting your home market-ready, read here.

Source:  Wikipedia, InterNACHI

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