7 Tips for Malibu Sellers BEFORE putting your Home on the Market

by ritasimpson on September 14, 2011

in Selling My Home

If you are planning on selling your home in Malibu

here are a 7 tips to help you prepare so that you’re not scrambling last minute.

1. Construction Permits: Go to City hall and make sure that any construction permits have been closed out. Even if you haven’t taken any out, the previous owners may have.

2. Septic Systems are THE hot issue these days, especially when you’re selling an older home. If you don’t have a city of Malibu Operating Permit for your Onsite Waste Water Treatment get started with having your Septic System Inspected by a city approved inspector (I’ve got a list of names of the city approved inspectors if you need). Most buyers from out of the area are unfamiliar with Septic Systems and get quite nervous about this, you may want to be proactive and take care of this ahead of time.

3. Pre-home inspections: For homes that haven’t been updated in several years or need alot of work, have a home inspection done by a reputable home inspector prior to putting the house on the market and provide to buyers as an attachment to the seller disclosure. Either fix anything major, and state that in the seller disclosure, or sell the house in as-is condition. This will avoid buyers renegotiating your already discounted price. Even if your house has been updated, but you haven’t had an inspection done in several years, it’s not a bad idea to have a pre-listing home inspection that you attach as part of the seller disclosure. This way you have the option of fixing issues ahead of time, and all other issues will have been disclosed. Surprise free inspections are a good thing!

4. Check your mortgage balances – home equity lines of credit count! If there is a possibility that your home’s value is less than your mortgage balance, and you don’t have the funds to make up the difference, we can guide you through the process and help you with your options. Same if you are behind in your payments. Foreclosure should be your LAST resort. Short Sales are a better way to go!

5. Before you start investing money fixing your house up for sale, consult with a Realtor because some fixes will not pay off and will just be a waste of your money.

6. Staging: Paint colors matter. Light matters. Furniture matters. Clutter matters.Landscaping matters. Staging matters more than ever because the first impression today is online, not in person. Just watch some of the staging shows on HGTV. I’m happy to offer advice on this. And if necessary, will recommend a professional stagger. Whenever a home didn’t successfully sell with another Realtor, 9 times out of 10 the house was not staged properly for the photos. It’s crucial today.

7.Photography: I hire the best professional photographers to enhance the quality of your home and the advertising material I will use to promote the listing.

Pre-listing consultations are free of charge and no obligation, so call me at 310-617-0996 and get valuable input.

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