Sign up to get new listings emailed daily! JOIN SIGN IN
Mary Alice Ruppert
REALTOR®, ABR, AHWD, CRB, ePro, GRI, SFR
Licensed Associate Broker, Career and Business Development Leader
Facebook Icon Twitter Icon LinkedIn Icon YouTube Icon Pinterest Icon Instagram Icon Yelp Icon Blog Icon Realtor.com Icon Zillow Icon 

Sell a home

Live, Love, Long Island Blog Home

Buy a home | 29 Posts
Homeownership | 40 Posts
Huntington, NY | 1 Posts
Long Island, NY | 71 Posts
Nassau County | 1 Posts
Relocating | 1 Posts
Sell a home | 22 Posts
Uncategorized | 1 Posts
November
28

Sign of the Times: When You Should Consider Selling

When to Consider Selling - Coach Realtors

We love our homes. Each is a place of safety, warmth, and comfort. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking it's the best place for us. Maybe it was once, but is it still? If you're not certain, it may be time to consider selling and finding a new home. But how do you decide? Where should you begin? Our REALTORS® have some ideas for you to consider.

  • Is selling a good financial choice?
    If you purchased the house as a starter home to build some equity to put down on a nicer one, housing values are currently high. By selling now, you may have a tidy sum to put down on that dream home you have always wanted. You may even have enough left over to furnish it or pay off debts. You can get a good idea of your estimated profits by looking at recent sales of comparable houses in your neighborhood. Would you make enough to put a down payment on one of the Nassau County homes for sale? If so, then this may be the right time to sell. 

  • Are you unhappy with the neighborhood you are in?
    If you have a long commute, perhaps one of the Suffolk County homes for sale may be a better option. Neighborhoods change with time, and it's possible that yours no longer meets your needs. It doesn't have to be on the decline for you to be attracted to a different one, but that could be one possibility. Another is that your children are getting older and better schools are in a different district. Maybe a new area offers amenities not available to you now. 

  • Has your family changed in size?
    As children get older, they generally want the privacy of their own rooms rather than sharing with siblings. Or, if your children have grown up and left the nest, you may prefer to trade the maintenance on that big rambling house for the convenience of a condominium or townhouse. Whether your family is growing or shrinking, it may be time to change your environment. 

  • Do you dream of a different home?
    If you don't enjoy your space, it is time to look around. Americans are spending more and more time at home, cooking instead of going to restaurants and entertaining at home. If you have a cramped kitchen and there is no room for guests to socialize comfortably, you'll want to make a change. When you compare remodeling your existing house to buying one that already offers the features you want, which is more economically feasible? It may make financial sense to relocate.

  • Have you been stalling on putting the house on the market?
    If you have already decided that it's time to move, for whatever reason, but haven't initiated the process, you may feel anxious about whether you've missed your opportunity to make the best financial decision. If this is the case, don't keep dragging your feet. Do your research now to make the best choices while the prices are still up and the interest rates don't rise higher. But don't rush into poor decisions. Take a good look at your finances, the sales value of your home, and the price of the home you want. Armed with the facts, make a cohesive plan to move forward. 

Ultimately, only you can decide whether or not it's the time to sell. But having a licensed professional on your side to help you with the details can help you make the best choices. Contact us when you are ready to get started.

October
31

Sellers: Don't Let Hidden Costs Take You By Surprise

Hidden Costs - Sell a Home - Coach Realtors

When you're selling a home, you may face challenges that have a big impact on your finances and profit. To protect your investment, our REALTORS® want to make you aware of some hidden costs that can take you by surprise.

Your home is likely the largest single investment you will make during your lifetime. Before you decide to list your home on the market or invest in a new home, you should be aware of fees and expenses that can reduce your bottom-line profits.

  • Closing Costs
    Closing Costs involve a variety of fees incurred by buyers and sellers during the sales process. These fees can range from 3 to 7% of the sales price and include the following:
    • Loan processing fees

    • Title insurance fees

    • Mortgage insurance costs

    • Pro-rated property taxes

    • Property deed recording costs

Closing costs are often split between the buyer and seller and deducted from the money received at closing when final documents are signed.

  • Title Liens
    If you're a homeowner, you probably have at least one title lien recorded against your property deed. Liens may include loans owed to banks for a home mortgage, loans owed to banks or other financial institutions for lines of credit, loans owed to private lenders for personal loans, and mechanics liens owed to licensed contractors. It's a good idea to check with your real estate agent or loan officer about title liens on your property.

  • Vacant House Costs
    If your home is for sale, but you move before you sell it, you will probably encounter some vacant house costs. These are fees charged by a real estate company or a private party to keep your home in tip-top shape and protect it from vandalism and property damages. Vacant house fees usually include electricity and water bills to keep services on and property maintenance bills for yard work and winter snow removal in Suffolk County homes for sale.

    If your home doesn't show well empty, you may need to invest in professional home staging services that run between $250 and $600 per room per month, but a staged house sells 88% faster than an empty one. 

  • Home Inspections
    Selling your home will require home inspections to check for various safety problems, including roof and plumbing leaks, faulty wiring, mold, and termites. If you're selling, you can get a pre-inspection so necessary repairs can be done before you list your home. In most areas, professional home inspections range from $250 to $650, but prices vary based on property location and unforeseen damages.

  • Repairs and Upgrades
    Banks and mortgage lenders will not approve home loans for buyers unless the investment is sound. When repairs and upgrades are needed based on home inspections, real estate contracts often split the costs between the buyer and the seller up to a predetermined amount. If repair costs are higher, the buyer and seller can renegotiate, one party can pay the total cost, or either party can back out of the real estate deal.

Interested in Nassau County homes for saleContact us for information on available properties and prices.

October
3

Home Decor: Take Advantage of Listing in the Fall

Fall Decor - Sell a Home - Coach Realtors

Just because summer is over doesn't mean the real estate market season is over. Fall is a favorite season for many and provides ample opportunity to stage a cozy, inviting atmosphere that will appeal to homebuyers. Here are a few tips from our REALTORS® to help you make the most of listing in the fall.

  • Make it cozy.
    The first rule of thumb in Nassau County homes for sale in the fall is to make everything cozy. With the crisp feeling of fall in the air, focus your staging on extra touches like throw blankets and pillows, throw rugs to warm up cold floors, and warm fall colors. Create an atmosphere where your buyer can envision themselves curling up with a book and a blanket on a cool autumn day.

  • Focus on the fireplace.
    Another tip for making your home cozy for fall is to focus on your staging on the fireplace. Instead of making the TV the focal point of your living room, for instance, turn the furniture to encircle the fireplace and stage it, so the fireplace looks ready to go at a moment's notice.

  • Use seasonal scents to create a mood.
    People are sentimental about fall scents, so you can use that to create just the right mood in your home. Bake pumpkin spice cookies before a showing for a genuine aroma that doesn't smell fake or overwhelming. Simmering a pot of apple cider and adding a cinnamon stick or two is another way to fill your house with just the right amount of fall spice. You can even leave the goodies out for potential buyers as they walk through the house.

  • Keep up with the curb appeal.
    Maintaining the exterior of your home can be a little more involved in the fall, but it's just as important as ever for your curb appeal to remain top-notch. Suffolk County homes for sale that present a tidy, welcoming exterior will get more showings and sell faster, so make sure fallen leaves are raked up regularly and add a little fall decor to the front porch and entryway. Fill a few planters with seasonal plants for a splash of fall color.

  • Maximize lighting.
    With the sun setting earlier and summer's bright sunshine starting to wane, maximizing the light in your home is critical. Good light helps to sell a home, so open all the blinds and curtains before a showing. If you're able to, consider adding layered lighting by updating your fixtures and adding lamps.

  • Sprinkle fall decor sparingly.
    While it's tempting to show your seasonal spirit by making your home an explosion of fall, remember that a little bit goes a long way. Fall decor is welcoming and helps to set the mood, but you don't want to overdo it. Instead, sprinkle your fall decor throughout the house sparingly, and use the other tips in this list to help set the mood.

Summer may be a popular time to list, but that doesn't mean you've missed your opportunity. Fall is a popular season for many homebuyers, creating an easy, natural way to make a property seem cozier. If you're ready to take advantage of the season and list your home this fall, contact us today, and ask us how to make your home more inviting to buyers.

May
31

What to Clean Before You Move On

Cleaning Before Moving - Sell a Home - Coach Realtors

After listing your house with our REALTORS®, you've found a buyer and are closing soon. You're finally ready to finish up with your old home as you prepare to move on. The selling process involves a lot of emotions, and it can be stressful wondering how to clean the house one final time after selling. While the temptation to skip out on the remaining cleaning chores can be strong, cleaning after selling your home is important. Here are some tips on what to clean.

  1. The Kitchen
    This is the most-used area of your house and among the toughest to clean. Clean out the cupboards, cabinets, and other storage areas. Clear out your personal items and clean every inch, including any grease or stains on surfaces.

    As you clean, remember to pull aside the appliances and clean the area beneath and behind them. These areas are often forgotten, and they accumulate a lot of dirt. Finish off by scrubbing baseboards, worktops, and other fixtures before vacuuming and mopping for a sparkling finish.


  2. Work on the Living Room
    People spend a lot of their time in the living room. So, before moving out, remember to sort out the living room. Move the furniture around, and deep clean your carpet. If you have any furry pets, vacuum well to remove any pet hair and any stains on the carpet.

    You can also seek professional cleaning services for a thorough final touch. Remember to dust and wipe down the tables, stands, shelves, cabinets, the fireplace, and fixtures. You can also wipe down the walls, windows, and window sills.


  3. Clean and Disinfect the Bathroom
    Before moving on, you need to give your bathroom a good scrub and disinfect it. Your main focus should be on the toilet, shower, sinks, and bathtub. The cleaning will take a shorter time if you previously cleaned before listing your home.

    Don't forget to clean metallic surfaces like taps, which are susceptible to mold and limescale. So, as you clean, check out for mold, and clean the areas appropriately. Remember to also check the plug holes in the sink and bathtub. Get drain cleaning surfaces if necessary to ensure the water flows easily.


  4. Touch Up Your Yard
    It's common to forget about your garden as the most focus is on the interior of your home. However, your yard matters too. Clean the garden and take out any leaves or rubbish on the surface. If there are weeds, pull them out, and prune any trees to make the garden appear neat.

    Mow your lawn, cut shrubs to a shorter length, and take care of any other mess around the yard that shouldn't be there. 

Are you still looking for the ideal home to move into after selling? Go through our Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale to find a new house today. You can contact us today with specifics of what you need in a home to make your home-buying process easier.

November
29

Sellers: These Upgraded Appliances Bring Better ROI

Appliance ROI - Sell a Home - Coach Realtors

Upgrading your appliances will make everything from cooking to cleaning a little easier and a little more energy-efficient. There's no question that when it comes to appliances, some are worth their weight in gold. And, some will add a little gold to your bank account when you sell your home. As you consider your options, our REALTORS® recommend closely looking at the following appliances that will give you a significant return on your investment. 

  • Air Conditioner
    Hot and muggy summer days are not a good time to find out the AC isn't up to the task of keeping you cool and comfortable. Across generations, Millennials, Gen X, and Baby Boomers alike all agree that a high-efficiency air conditioner is a premium selling point. Installing a new air conditioner will enhance your comfort, lower your utility bills, and attract buyers when you put the home on the market.

  • Energy-Efficient Furnace
    Most furnaces last between 10-15 years. Over time, they lose efficiency and require increasingly frequent (and costly) repairs. Upgrading your furnace before you sell your home puts a prospective buyer's mind at ease. It also shows that you care about the home's condition and have invested in systems that enhance comfort and reduce utility costs.

  • Built-In Stove
    Standalone stoves are so 1990. As homes and technology have evolved, so too have the ways we use the kitchen. Built-in stoves are designed to minimize the mess and streamline the kitchen. When the stove is not in use, it blends into the background and becomes out of sight, out of mind. 

  • Energy-Efficient Washers and Dryers
    Washing machines and dryers are the hardest-working appliances in your family's home. They're also the two machines that suck up the most energy. Upgrading to a high-efficiency washing machine and dryer isn't cheap, but it's worth it. Not only will you save money on your monthly utility bills, but they will also do a better job of keeping your clothes clean and in good condition, thus keeping your wardrobe nice and sharp.

  • Modern, High-Efficiency Refrigerator
    Water and ice dispensers are nice, but almost every refrigerator has these. If you want your refrigerator to stand out, you'll want to select one that has French doors and an Energy Star rating. As with washers and dryers, refrigerators consume significant quantities of energy each day. Every little bit you can trim pays off in the long run.

Are you noticing a trend? That's because there is an overarching trend that relates to all appliances. Whatever you choose to install, pay close attention to the energy efficiency of the system. As utility rates continue to rise and eco-consciousness grows, the desire for increasingly efficient appliances is a trend that is guaranteed to gain steam in the future.  

Are you considering which appliances to bring into your life? Contact us, and we will be happy to tell you what our clients are eager to see and the trends we see emerging within Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale.

June
7

Retirees: Why Downsizing Could Be a Great Decision

Should You Downsize? - Homeowners - Coach Realtors

If you're a baby boomer who's close to retirement or already retired, it may be time to sell your home. With current home prices at an all-time high and multiple buyers competing for properties, our REALTORS® are witnessing a seller's market that's booming. Downsizing right now may be a great decision for your golden years.

In Nassau and Suffolk counties, home sales are competitive. Buyers are flooding the market looking for properties that suit their lifestyle and finances. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median price for all types of homes has jumped 14.6% from prices just one year ago, especially in the suburbs where low inventory is pushing prices up even higher. If retirement is on the horizon, selling your home could provide many benefits.

Selling Your Home

Selling your home in such a competitive market can actually save you money. With so many buyers looking for homes, you may save money on home repairs and upgrades. You don't need to do a major renovation to attract interested buyers, just concentrate on necessities.

  • Check the Roof
    The roof is an important home feature that protects against inclement weather conditions and interior damages. Before listing your home, inspect your roof for damages such as cracked or missing shingles, water leaks, sun damage, rusted gutters, and signs of tree and insect damages. There's no need to replace your roof just because it's old.

  • Check Mechanical Systems
    It's important to make sure major mechanical systems are working properly. This includes your heating and air conditioning system (HVAC), hot water heater, and all major appliances. Homebuyers are often hesitant to purchase a home with mechanical problems because repairs can be quite costly. If you have mechanical issues, some buyers will accept a home warranty at closing that covers the first year.

  • Invest in Minor Upgrades
    Homebuyers place a lot of emphasis on a home's upkeep. If a home looks run down, buyers may assume the home has major unseen problems, as well as visible cosmetic problems. Before you list your home, spend some time and money on minor repairs and upgrades that buyers will notice. Waxing floors, shampooing carpets, painting walls and trim, and re-caulking sinks and tubs can make a big difference.

  • Declutter Your House
    If you're approaching retirement, you may have lived in your current home for 20 or 30 years. You've likely accumulated a variety of household items that are filling your cabinets, closets, and storage areas. Homes that feel cluttered and unorganized can send potential buyers right out the door. To make sure your home feels comfortable and appealing, get rid of unwanted items, clean out cabinets and closets, replace worn-out rugs and window treatments, and give your home a good cleaning before you put it on the market.

    Selling your home may be a good way to fund your lifestyle during retirement. Downsizing to a smaller home may allow you to pay cash for the property and put some money aside for things you want to do such as decorating a new home, buying a new car or boat, visiting family and friends, exploring new hobbies, and traveling to favorite destinations.

If you're interested in Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we can help you find available properties that fit your lifestyle and finances. Contact us to see how downsizing can create an easier, less stressful, and more enjoyable retirement.

January
25

Sellers: Winter Is a Great Time To Declutter

Wintertime Decluttering Tips for Sellers - Coach Realtors

With the chilly winter temperatures and short days, winter is a fantastic time to organize your home. If you're ready to put your home on the market, our REALTORS® recommend decluttering your spaces so that your home is more appealing to potential buyers. Here are a few tasks to add to your to-do list so that your home looks its best. 

  1. Go Through Your Seasonal Stuff
    Start by going through your seasonal items, like holiday decor, yard tools, and weather-specific clothing. If you haven't used an item in the past year, consider if it's contributing to the life you want to live. Once you've pared down your seasonal belongings, store them in plastic storage boxes so that they'll be protected from the elements when not in use. Make sure to label what's in each box so you don't have to open several boxes to locate an item. Seldom-used seasonal items can take up a lot of space in your home and even make it appear smaller. If possible, transport the items to another location, like a storage unit or storage shed, when it's time to sell your home.
  1. Downsize Your Bedding and Bath Linens
    If you've been hanging onto all your old mismatched sheets and worn towels, it's time to downsize your collection. It's reasonable to keep three sets of bedding for each bed; this ensures that you have sheets and a backup set of bedding when one set is in the wash. Some individuals change their pillowcases more frequently than the rest of their bedding; if so, hold onto a few extra pillowcases. For your towels, aim to have three towels per person in your household. If someone likes to use a separate towel to dry their hair, it's reasonable to add two to three towels for this individual. Have three hand towels for each bathroom, and aim for five washcloths per person in your home. 
  1. Empty Out Your Kitchen Cabinets and Pantry
    Take everything out of your kitchen cabinets and pantry so that you can see exactly what you have. Get rid of anything that you haven't used in a year, anything that's worn out, or any item that you clearly have too many of. Tupperware or cookware that's missing a lid should also be tossed. For the remaining items, consider investing in cabinet shelves to better organize your belongings. This will make it easier to find what you're looking for and allow you to maximize the space in your cabinets. 
  1. Clear Our Your Toiletries and Cosmetics
    Don't let a surplus of makeup, lotions, and soaps overrun your bathroom. Instead, go through your personal care items and keep only the items that you love and regularly use. Check the expiration dates for your makeup to ensure that it isn't expired. Store what's left in a dedicated case or bag to keep your counter space clear. 

Ready to add your home to the list of Nassau County homes for sale? Interested in a home with more space? Contact us today to get started and start exploring Suffolk County homes for sale!

December
29

What Buyers Will Notice Most During a Home Tour

What Buyers Will Notice Most During a Home Tour - Coach Realtors

You're ready to list your home among Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. Naturally, you're eager to present the best face possible for potential buyers. You've read a lot of online tips for getting your home ready, and you've talked to real estate agents about what to do. But now that you've made your decision, it's time to get serious about your presentation. You may be surprised to find some challenges to what you think would appeal to or turn off potential buyers. Here's what you should know.

What Buyers Will Like or Dislike About Your Home

  1. Clutter
    You already know this. Clutter and dirt are real turn-offs for potential buyers. Be prepared to either clean your home to the max or hire to have it done. And keep it pristine; potential buyers will not appreciate that "lived in" look you're used to.

  2. Clean Oven
    The kitchen can be the deal-breaker when it comes to selling your home, so pay particular attention to the details. And yes, potential buyers are attracted to stainless steel appliances (we'll get to these in a minute), but more important is how clean your oven is. It should be spotless. If it's too well used to clean up nicely, you might have to consider replacing it. Dirty stoves and ovens really turn off home shoppers.

  3. Stainless Steel Appliances
    They really do appeal if they are maintained with maximum gleam and shine. It turns out their reflective quality helps make the room look bigger, and that's always a plus when showing your home.

  4. Clear Countertops
    Crowded countertops are often necessary as we go about our daily lives, but bite the bullet and eliminate as much clutter, be it appliances, cereal boxes, or cooking utensils, as possible while showing your home. Gather them up in a basket or container or put them away.

  5. Converted Rooms
    Converted rooms, such as a garage that became a workshop or a dining room that became an office or playroom, typically don't present well with potential buyers. Experts say shoppers can't imagine the spaces as intended when they're not being used for their original purposes. Much as it may pain you, clear out the furnishings for the repurposed space and make it look like what it was designed for. When it comes to garage spaces, many home shoppers are looking for a space to park their car, so be advised.

  6. Outdoor Accessibility
    Homebuyers will be drawn to outdoor accessibility. Make sure your outdoor spaces are inviting, and the doors leading to them are clean and appealing. Polish up the glass windows and keep them shiny.

  7. No Collection Zone
    You may be proud of your personal collections of firearms, tchotchkes, or Hummel figurines, but collections or personal interests are distracting and have no place when you're trying to sell your home. Pack them up and store them till you move, sell them or give them away, but make sure they're out of sight when potential buyers tour.

  8. Keep It Impersonal
    A home shopper does not need to know about your personal life. Take down your gallery of family photos and anything that indicates your personal business. This is not only to help buyers focus on your home and how they can imagine themselves living there but for your own security. Besides photos, clean up and put away business papers and remove anything that reveals political or religious affiliations.

Our REALTORS® can share more tips on the dos and don'ts for selling your home. Contact us today. 

December
7

Put a Holiday Home Sale on Your Wish List

Holiday Home Sale - Coach Realtors

Cold winter weather combined with holiday distractions typically makes this the slowest time of the year for the housing market. However, current market conditions point to this winter's "slow" season being super hot! 

Our REALTORS® have been busy helping buyers who are anxious to find the perfect Nassau County homes for sale while interest rates are low. Other factors, like pent-up demand and low inventory, have made this a great time to put your home on the market. Here's a closer look at the reasons why this holiday season may be the best time to list your home.

  1. Low Housing Inventory
    In September of 2020, the total inventory of homes hit a record low of just 2.7 months of supply. At the same time, sales of existing homes were up 9.4%. Projections show that if sales continue at this rate, there's a possibility we could actually run out of homes for sale. 

    While this might not be great news for buyers, it makes now a very attractive time to put your home on the market.

  2. Pent-Up Demand 
    Spring is usually the best time to list your home since that's when buyer demand spikes. However, in 2020, spring marked the beginning of pandemic lock-downs that caused the real estate market to grind to a halt. Now that things are starting to open back up, buyers are eager to jump back into their home search.

  3. A Need to Upsize 
    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot about the way we live. Many people are working and schooling at home. Almost everyone is spending more of their free time at home as well. This has resulted in a large group of buyers who are fed up with their current spaces and ready to make a move.

    Each day, we talk to buyers who are looking for Suffolk County homes for sale with features like large back yards and extra space for a home office. 
  1. Low Interest Rates
    Mortgage interest rates also recently hit the 12th record low of the year. This puts them at the lowest they've been in over 50 years! Many buyers who realize they can save tens of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of their mortgage by buying now are out on the prowl for a suitable home.

  2. Bidding Wars 
    All of these factors have combined to create the best seller's market we've experienced in quite some time. Not only are many sellers getting top dollar for their homes, but bidding wars sometimes result in offers climbing well above the asking price. In fact, according to Realtor.com, in September of 2020, the median home price was up 11.1% compared to the previous year. The price per square foot was also up by 13.9% year-over-year.

  3. Delayed Economic Consequences 
    It's possible that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will cause a sharp decline in the economy. However, it's unlikely that this will impact the real estate market at least for a few months. If you've been thinking about selling, doing it now before more uncertainty strikes again could be your best bet. 

If a home sale is on your holiday wish list, Coach Realtors can help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

November
16

Home Inspection How-To for Sellers

Home Inspection How-To - Sellers - Coach Realtors

After preparing your home to add to the inventory of Nassau County homes for sale, you've accepted an offer. While it may feel like the hard work is over, you still have to make it through the home inspection. Unfortunately, it's common for real estate deals to fall through due to a poor home inspection. Here are a few tips home sellers should follow throughout the home inspection process. 

  1. Leave Your Property During the Home Inspection
    While it's common for homebuyers to attend a portion or even all of a home inspection, our REALTORS® recommend that the home seller leave their home during the inspection. You're only going to be nervous and anxious watching someone spend hours combing your home looking for problems.

    Your presence may also be awkward for the buyer. Pack up your family (including your pets) and vacate your home during the inspection.

  2. Declutter and Move Large Items Before the Inspection
    See that you move any clutter or large items that may be obscuring items or areas that the inspector will want to examine. For example, if your electrical panel is usually behind a large set of shelving, move the shelving unit so that the inspector has easy access. 

    The inspector can't move your belongings during the inspection. If the inspector can't inspect an area, the buyer may be leery of continuing with the deal.

  3. Decide if a Pre-Inspection is Right for Your Home
    Before they list their home with the Suffolk County homes for sale, some sellers arrange a pre-inspection. As the name suggests, a pre-inspection is a home inspection that occurs before the house is put on the market. 

    The idea behind a pre-inspection is that it gives you a chance to fix any issues that might pop up during a home inspection (or at least informs you of potential problems). Aren't sure whether your home is impacted by a specific type of issue, such as an outdated electrical system? In that case, the pre-inspection will let you know if it's an issue. 

    An argument against a pre-inspection is that it might uncover a lot of minor issues that won't be a big concern with homebuyers. You're unlikely to recoup all of the money that you spend making repairs for any issues detected by the pre-inspection.

  4. Understand What Is and Isn't an Issue
    Every home inspection reports problems with a home, even if the property has been well-maintained. You need to know what issues are high-level problems; these are the items that are likely to be potential dealbreakers if you can't come to a resolution with the buyer about how to handle them. Any problems that involve code violations or a health issue will likely require your attention before your deal can close. The issues include:
  • Water damage
  • Problems with the home's structural integrity (like foundation issues)
  • Plumbing problems
  • Unreliable HVAC systems
  • Roof damage
  • Damage to the electrical system
  • Problems with the subflooring 
  1. See That Your Utilities are All Turned On
    If you're still living in the home, this tip might not be necessary, but if you've already moved, make sure that all your utilities (like your water, electricity, and gas) are turned on. The inspector needs these items to work to test your home's major systems. 

Have more questions about selling your home? Contact us today for assistance!

Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. All properties are subject to prior sale, change or withdrawal. Neither listing broker(s) or information provider(s) shall be responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, misprints and shall be held totally harmless. Listing(s) information is provided for consumers personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. Information on this site was last updated 04/02/2023. The listing information on this page last changed on 04/02/2023. The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Internet Data Exchange program of OneKey MLS (last updated Sun 04/02/2023 6:26:22 AM EST). Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Coach Realtors may be marked with the Internet Data Exchange logo and detailed information about those properties will include the name of the listing broker(s) when required by the MLS. All rights reserved. --

Privacy Policy / DMCA Notice / ADA Accessibility

Agency License Information: https://www.coachrealtors.com New York State Real Estate Broker Principal Office Licenses Numbers: 109920686, 109920688, 109920690


Login to My Homefinder

Login to My Homefinder