What do you do when
it comes to getting the best price for your home and knowing and understanding the value (or cost) of issues. . Most home owner
will clean the home, clean their baseboards, and even go as far as
removing unwanted clutter in the backyard, so the home “shows”
well. The challenge is selling your home when you continually
ignore big warning signs that there is a problem or better yet, leave
everything dated and still expect the same price as the neighbor who
has upgrade the home inside, inside the walls, and outside.
maintenance is most likely the solution, but so many times Realtor’s
ignore the signs because they want you to sign their contract. They
figure if there is enough demand, there will be someone who will buy
the home and then it’s their problem not the sellers. Whether
acting as a Realtor or an Appraiser it is beyond my responsibilities
to be knowledgeable about all types of construction issues, but over
time their things that make a Realtor or An Appraiser stop and take
Some times these
issues have already been handled by the homeowner, they just forget
how important it is to paint the ceiling, if you’ve had a roof leak
and repaired it. Or let a potential buyer know you’ve added
drains, when they see cracks in the concrete for a home that is on
the bottom of a sloped mountain.
Warning signs that
I’ve seen as an Appraiser and Realtor include the following:
(This list is not a
complete list, I am sure other Appraisers and Realtors could
If you are the
seller and see any of the above items these maybe
the reason you’re not
obtaining the price you’ve listed your home for. These are all
items a professional appraiser will notice when valuing a home and a
buyer may too.
note, and review your home for more than dust, and you will be a
successful home seller who experiences less frustration
with the repairs requests process when you get
into a sale contract And,
if you are a buyer take
note before you buy a home. You will be much happier when the bills
to live in the home don’t become the only thing you think about.
For any questions regarding residential home values be sure to vislt www. valleyhomescenter.com. I'm Pamela Evans, Certified Residential Appraiser, License No. 3002198. I work predominantly in Ventura County and Los Angeles County.