The One MUST DO Before Listing Your Home

Dated: 08/02/2016

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Normal train of thought when you put your home on the market makes an instant list of To-Do's for you that will make your home more appealing, and sell for more money. Landscaping, painting, light remodeling all come to mind. Today we look at the one most over-looked To-Do's that can cost you money and deliver a few headaches as a bonus in the long run. 

Before your home is listed, your real estate professional will have gathered all of the details about your home; bedrooms, baths, kitchen features, square footage, roof type, lot size, and many other discovery items that can make your home attractive to a potential buyer. They will take pleasing photos that will capture the best features of your home for the MLS, and many other sources that are frequented by buyers. While all of these things are standard, did you also know that your Realtor will be including some the city and county records that exist about your home?

No matter the type or size of your home or where it is, your local municipality has documentation on it. It's imperative that the information recorded is accurate and current, because, if those records don't match your home's reality, it could hold up your sale or even kill the deal altogether. Once your home goes under contract, the buyer may go to the building department to do their due diligence. If there’s an open permit (meaning the permit was applied for, but the contractor never had the inspector sign off on the work to close the permit) or, worse, if there’s no record of your finished basement or newly renovated kitchen, they may not move ahead with the purchase. Remodeled baths, additions, and if your home is new construction, may fall subject to inaccurate square footage measurements, thus also affecting tax assessment. All these scenarios can pose a problem when selling; once the home transfers at closing, the new homeowner is on the hook for any illegal work, and possibly a change in taxes due and no buyer wants to take on that liability.

At The Shields Team, we can do a no obligation walk-through of your home, and examine existing records to confirm all the details about your home with you, and that they are accurate and up-to-date. As much as YOU don't want any surprises, WE don't want them for you! Let's eliminate any closing delays, and get some peace of mind about the sale of your home. Call us! Our office phone is (423) 433-6517, or come by and see us at the office. There's a big screen in our meeting area, and we'll look at your home's detail, together. We're inside Keller Williams Realty, 1033 Hamilton Place in Johnson City. We're ready!
Before you come, why not get a quick, free estimate of your home's value? You can do that now here: "What's My Home Worth"

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Rayne Price

Holding a BS in Environmental Science, and MA in Education, real estate was not Shields Team Buyer Specialist Rayne Price's first career choice. It was only after encouragement from his wife and a cl....

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