Sellers Tips: Consider A Pre-Listing Home Inspection And Proper Permits

Working with buyers and sellers, we see all kinds of things in the real estate market. This week we have 2 tips for sellers:

1. A Good Case For A Potomac Pre-Listing Home Inspection!

The Schuman Team recently, we sold and then unsold a house in Potomac, MD that was reasonably priced and in A+ condition. The problem ~ the house failed the home inspection miserably. Behind all the beautiful renovations were all kinds of issues: electrical, plumbing, an improperly abandoned oil tank, radon, grading concerns, water in the basement, attic issues and so on and so forth. If these sellers had taken the time and money to do a Pre-Listing Home Inspection, they would be counting down the days to settlement not knee deep in repairs.

Here are a few things to consider before putting your house on the market:

  • Check the systems of the house: heating, cooling, electrical, plumbing
  • Do you have any leaks or musty smelling areas? If so have them checked out.
  • Windows – do they open close properly? They should!
  • Appliances – if one is on life support, replace it.
  • Roof – know the age and condition.
  • Take a look at your yard. Do you have any potential issues (landscaping/grading/overbearing trees) that might come up.

These are just a few steps you can take to ensure the sale of your home goes smoothly. You don’t want to get caught off guard. It can cost time and lots of money!!!

2. When It Comes To Montgomery County Building Permits, Don’t Forget To Dot your I’s and cross your T’s

This will be short and sweet. If you do work at your Potomac MD home that requires a permit, make sure you have it filed with The Montgomery County Department Of Permitting Services. If it’s not properly filed, it can come back to haunt you when you go to sell your home.

Let us know if you have any questions. We are here to help!





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