You may be getting ready to sell your property and move on to greener pastures. The market is particularly buoyant at the moment and there seem to be a lot of people looking for homes. However, are you sure that your property is completely ready to be sold? You may need to pay attention to some areas before you list your home with an agent, or you may find that people will turn away whenever they engage a property inspector. What are some of the biggest pitfalls people face in this situation, and how can you avoid them?
Present and Correct
Firstly, are there any unfinished projects that you need to take care of? Sometimes, people begin some internal construction project and fail to complete it for one reason or another, but you don't want to leave anything to chance when a prospective buyer comes around. While you're at it, ensure that all the usual fixtures and fittings are present and correct, as you will be expected to provide them in the final inventory.
If you live in a multifamily development, how confident are you that the property is up to code? For example, do you have the mandatory separation walls between your unit and an adjoining apartment, essential in case of fire? An inspector will certainly be looking for this.
When was the last time that you had a pest inspector over to look for any unwanted visitors? It may be worth your while investing in such an inspection first, before an agent contracted by the buyer does so instead.
If you have a stand-alone home, is the roof in good condition? Australia is known for its wild weather, and if you haven't inspected the top of your house in recent times, you may have some unwanted maintenance to take care of.
Plumbing and Ventilation
Finally, make sure that your plumbing is all in order and that there are no leaks out of sight and out of mind. This is also a good time to check that all the ventilation ducts and grills are in good working order so that there is no buildup of mould or mildew in the area.
Know Where You Are
If you're not sure about any of these areas, you might like to invest in a property inspection so that you are aware of any issues that need to be fixed before they lead to a buyer rejection.