Most houses have a few "little" problems,
like leaking faucets, a stove burner that won't light, or electrical outlets
with too much "spark". These defects may not seem very
important--unless your house is about to go on the market.
We rarely have difficulty getting sellers to agree to paint, replace worn
carpets or plant a few flowers in the front yard. These kinds of repairs
obviously increase the overall appeal of the property. However, if any of the
major systems in your home need maintenance, be sure to have the necessary
repairs made. It is also a good idea to have your furnace, central
air-conditioning system, plumbing and wiring checked as part of your
pre-marketing efforts. The best rule is--if it's broken, fix it!
The purchase agreement requires that a house be conveyed with all the
systems in working order, and most buyers will bring in a home inspector to
identify any problems. During the period of time between the "meeting of
the minds" and the removal of the inspection contingencies, the buyers are
the most vulnerable to an attack of buyer's remorse. This is also the time when
anything that hasn't been repaired could become a major issue.