Looking to Sell your Home?
Our local area has been gaining popularity for outdoor enthusiasts and newly engaged couples. You may have heard the term ‘The Lost Sierra’ referring to Plumas and Sierra counties. That name has created a buzz around our community that is bringing in more tourists. This influx of people enjoy the outdoors and love all that our wonderful area has to offer. We believe the area is going to continue to see growth with millennials aged 29-38 being the majority of home buyers in the market currently (see reference National Association of Realtors research group). If you are interested in starting the conversation about selling your home, we would love to help.
Here are 5 TO DO items to help you get started:
- Find an agent that is local to the area and is experienced
- Price home to sell. Ask your agent for a Comparative Market Analysis
- Timeline – meet with your agent to devise a plan. Declutter your home: box items that haven’t been used in 6 months and place in garage or in storage unit
- Hire a home inspector. Your agent can help with scheduling and choosing the right inspector
- Tackle repairs, make paint touch ups, change out old light fixtures
In addition, consider the following when preparing for the home inspection:
- Make sure the home is compliant with the California Carbon Monoxide detector requirement. California State law requires home to have operable Smoke Detectors in each bedroom and areas exiting bedrooms and on each level of home. It is recommended that smoke detectors be replaced every ten years. If your smoke detectors are older than ten years, we recommend replacing prior inspections
- Ensure the water heater is secured with 2 straps approximately 1/3 from the top and 1/3 from the bottom, unless water heater is exceptionally large then three straps are recommended
- Make sure all utilities, including water are on
- Make sure there are no exposed wires and ensure breakers are identified in breaker box
- Replace missing or broken outlet covers
- Ensure all light fixtures are in working order
- Fix broken trim and/or baseboards
- Fix broken or cracked windows
- Speak with your agent if window seals appear to be broken allowing for clouding or condensation in between window panes
- Look for leaks if visible water damage is present
- Ensure all GFCI electrical outlets (GFCI – ground fault circuit interrupt) are in working order
If you have questions about any of the above information, please contact us here.
Source: Jen Spahr with Conway Lending Team