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Should you get an inspection before selling your home?


Home inspections can make or break a sale for prospective buyers.
Your house could be someone’s dream home, but then the inspection
reveals problems that require pricey repairs. Instead of waiting for the
buyer’s inspection, consider getting a home inspection before selling.
A pre-inspection helps to eliminate surprises and better prepares you
for the selling process to come. Here are a few reasons to perform an
inspection before listing your home.

Plan ahead for repairs

When home inspections reveal red flags, you need to decide between fixing the problem and leaving it for future owners to handle. If you wait for the buyer’s inspection to discover the issue, you may be left with little time to plan your next move. Performing a home inspection before selling can give you ample time to explore your options. If you decide to fix defects based on the home inspection report, you can take your time and ensure the repairs are done correctly.

Save time and money during the selling process

In addition to giving you more time to fix issues, a pre-inspection could lead to a shortened selling process. Since houses with fewer problems tend to sell faster, fixing the problems revealed in the pre-inspection before you list could make your house more desirable on the market. With the issues already taken care of, there may be less of a reason for buyers to negotiate a drastically lower price.

Build trust with prospective buyers

A pre-inspection allows you to assure prospective buyers that the listing price for the house considers its current condition. If issues are found during the pre-inspection, you’ll be able to tell buyers ahead of time so they won’t be surprised during their own inspection. This can garner trust between you and the potential buyers, giving you a leg up on the competition.

Although pre-inspections are an additional cost, they’re a beneficial tool for home sellers. To better prepare yourself for the selling process ahead, consider performing an inspection before listing your home.

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The Power of Curb Appeal


When it comes time to sell your home, never doubt the power of curb appeal.

Even in this digital age when there are images of your home all over the Internet, there’s still no substitute for what buyers can see with their own two eyes. And if buyers see a home that looks much more drab in real life than they saw in the pictures, they’ll walk inside with a negative opinion that’s hard to change.

To keep buyers positive from the moment they pull up until they get through the front door and beyond, start by focusing on curb appeal. Cut the grass, trim the bushes and keep the yard in top shape. You don’t want your home to scream “massive project,” after all.

You can also boost your home’s curb appeal with strategically placed flowers, particularly in the southern states, where the warm weather lasts until late fall. The right flowers provide that perfect spot of color and let potential buyers know they should love your house just as much as you do. Here are 6 flowers and plants any home seller should consider planting when trying to improve a home’s curb appeal.

  1. Violets. Purple catches a person’s attention immediately, and no flower does it better than the aptly named violet. Use violets to create a border around any flower bed for an amazing look.
  2. Geraniums. What could be better than colorful blooms on display all summer long? Well, how about the fact that their scent is a natural mosquito repellant, meaning your house will look great and be bug-free at the same time.
  3. Hostas. Okay, these aren’t technically flowers, but they flower just the same. They’re also a durable plant that makes a great addition to any garden bed.
  4. Petunias. If you’re looking to add a splash of color to a hanging basket, petunias are a great choice. Petunias are also available in a wide variety of colors so you can pick the shade that best complements your home.
  5. Vincas. Beds are full and hanging baskets are done. Now for that walkway, don’t look any further than vincas. These durable little flowers are the perfect small statement to complement any walkway and add that little extra splash of color.
  6. Roses. Yes, they have a short blooming period, but this is an iconic flower that anyone will recognize. Hold showings during their peak season and they will certainly make a positive impact.
About The Author
I'm Valerie Reece, Realtor with Century 21 Carioti in Orlando. My husband, Peter is also a Realtor with Century 21 Carioti and we work as a team to service the needs of home buyers and sellers throughout Central Florida and abroad.


Vjordanreece@gmail.com SeminoleOrangeRealty.com