Whether you're buying or selling a home, the home inspection is an important part of the process. If you're a buyer, it may save you from becoming the unwitting owner of a "money pit." If you're
If These Walls Could Talk
As a Realtor, I see a lot of properties, lately 30 or more a week. Most of them are unremarkable, but I will remember both the nicest and the ugliest among them.
With older homes, I'm frequently left wondering what the original configuration was, and when they added on to the home. If the home was built in the 20s or 30s, they usually have 2-3 additions, and it can be difficult to tell where the original construction ends and the "new" pieces begin. But there's a good way and a bad way to do it. Some floorplans only work for the original owner, and will need to be redesigned for the new owner.
And trust me, buyers will notice odd details, such as a recent listing with tinkerbell light switches. It will only cost a few dollars to replace them, and such a simple thing to make the property less personal. You always want buyers to picture themselves living in the property, and tinkerbell is something needed by 90% of the population.
I'm meeting with a seller tomorrow who is worried about his lack of decor... the irony is that it's probably the right look for today's market. Clean, simple lines in neutral tones helps houses sell for more. And if it's really bare... I've got a ton of knick knacks that can easily be added to the property to up the curb appeal.
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According to the NAR (National Association of Realtors) in 2016 95% of home buyers searched online, in 2004 it was 80%, in 2010 89%. When searching online, the first thing buyers will see are the