When you buy a used car, you want a CARFAX report. You want to know if it’s been in an accident, and how many owner’s it’s had. You’ve got questions like: Is this the original transmission? Has the engine been rebuilt? How many miles does it have on it? Was the oil changed regularly? Basically, you want to know what you’re buying.
Same goes for homes. And the more information you can provide to prospective buyers up front, the better. In a less-than-ideal market, it’s not wise to make buyer‘s dig for answers. Try to anticipate what buyers will want to know and have it ready for them. That includes things like:
- utility bills
- roof specifications (How old is it and how many layers does it have?)
- major mechanical overview (How old is the furnace, the water heater, the central air unit, etc.?)
If your home has an addition, let buyers know when it was built. If you’ve made upgrades, provide a list. If your upgrades include energy efficient items (see my last blog about water heaters), provide before-and-after utility bills showing the cost savings.
Also consider providing a floor plan with dimensions. That will enable prospective buyers to remember your house better than others they seen. And the detailed plan will help them envision and actually determine how their furniture will fit into your space. Providing this type of information also communicates to buyers that they are looking at a home that has been tended to and cared for. And who doesn’t want that?
Lara Taylor – Realtor/Broker
Twitter – @AskForLara