> Construction Permits: Check with your town hall to make sure that any construction permits have been closed out. Inquire even if you haven’t taken any out, the previous owners may have.
> Underground Oil Tanks: Don’t have proof that an oil tank has been removed on your property? Have a tank sweep done. Don’t have record of a tank having been decommissioned? Be aware that most local buyer’s attorneys ask for the tanks to come out anyway due to possible soil issues beneath it. It may benefit you to be proactive and remove the tank out ahead of time. Buyers just do not want the liability.
> Pre-Home Inspections: For homes that haven’t been updated in several years or need a lot of work, have a home inspection done by a reputable home inspector prior to putting the house on the market and provide to buyers as an attachment to the seller disclosure. Either fix anything major, and state that in the seller disclosure, or sell the house in as-is condition. This will avoid buyer’s renegotiations. Even if your house has been updated, but haven’t had an inspection done in several years, you may want to have a pre-listing home inspection that you attach as part of the seller disclosure. That will negate any repair issue concerns.
> Check Your Mortgage Balances: Is your home’s value less than your mortgage balance and you don’t have the funds to make up the difference? We can guide you through the process and help you with your options. Foreclosure should be your LAST resort. Short Sales are much less of an impact of your credit and future. Please also keep in mind that Home equity lines of credit count.
> Call before you start fixing: Before you start investing money fixing your house up for sale, consult with a Realtor. Some improvements you may want to do may not create enough of a net profit or worst, a buyer could rip them out to replace with their own taste.