We are listing our home for sale (THIS WEEK!) and moving to a new one (still in the Springs) this summer, God-willing. My husband, Jeremy, is a local Realtor and has a list of projects for us to do to help our house sell for top dollar. Here’s an update on what we’ve done in the past week; read all of the updates here.
We did a pre-inspection last week, which is a full home inspection like you’d do when you purchase a home, but in this case, we did it before we sold the home. The buyer will receive the full inspection report and can still do their own inspection, but if they don’t want to, they can save a few bucks. (We had the home inspector that Jeremy recommends to his clients do an inspection, so it was a full, official inspection by a certified inspector.)
As we hoped, there wasn’t much on the inspection report – since Jeremy attends his clients’ inspections, he has a pretty good idea of things to look for so we tried to take care of as many of those as we could ahead of time. One big thing that we didn’t know about was that our garbage disposal was leaking, so we replaced that post-inspection. There were a few other things, like servicing the furnace (comes up on almost every inspection since you are supposed to have it done yearly) and fixing a window mechanism that had broken. (We’ve been trying to fix the thing for forever but couldn’t find the part. The inspector recommended a window repair guy and he was able to fix it – yay, finally!)
We worked on the exterior paint this weekend – it’s done except for one side, but it’s a side that won’t show in pictures or video so we are going to take care of it later this week, before it’s listed but after the photographer and videographer are here. You can see the difference in the in-progress picture above – the top part is where it’s faded and the bottom part is where we’ve painted over it. We’ll see if it was worth the time invested, but it cost us about $300 in paint and supplies to do it ourselves versus thousands for hiring it out so it was definitely a win from a money standpoint. (This was a project that wasn’t even on our list until we painted the really-faded back side of the house and realized that it wouldn’t be that hard to do the rest of it, too.)
There were lots of little things that got done this past week, too: I cleaned the outdoor light fixtures (Think you need new ones? Just try cleaning the old ones.), added mulch to the flower bed and trees, filled in some rock, added cabinet hardware in the kitchen, fixed window blinds, etc.
Oh, if you need the knobs and doohickeys for blinds, FixMyBlinds.com is an online retailer that is actually based in the Springs, and you can go in and tell them what you want. It was super cheap (like a couple of dollars) to get some new pulls and string! Jeremy said it would definitely be easiest to go to their site and figure out the numbers of what you want so that you can just go in and tell them you need such-and-such. They don’t really have a “showroom” so it’s easiest if you know exactly what you want.
Our house goes on the market this week so we are really in crunch time now! We have a contract on a house to purchase so I am itching to move on from this house to the new one. We don’t have to sell our current home to close on the new one, but we’d like to, so we have a couple of months to get this one sold before we close on the new house. It’s craziness around here! :)
PS – If you are thinking about selling your home even in next year or two, don’t think that it’s too early to talk to my husband, Jeremy, about the things you might want to do to sell your house for the maximum possible! He frequently talks to people that are a year or two out from selling, but want to know what types of things they can improve now to help when they sell (and then you still get awhile to enjoy it yourself, too!). You can call or text him at 719.231.9043, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit his website to find out more.