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Home Inspections — Do I Need One?

Whether you are a home buyer, seller, or owner, if you want to make an informed decision about a house — based on objective informtion —you deserve a home inspection. Not all home inspections are going to be the same. Home inspections will vary depending on the type of property you are purchasing. Larger, older homes are going to require a more specialized inspection than a small condominium. 

An inspection is an opportunity to have an expert look closely at the property you are considering purchasing and getting both an oral and written opinion as to its condition. As a buyer, you are entitled to know exactly what you are getting. Don’t take anything for granted, not even what you see or what the seller or listing agent tell you.

But home inspections aren't just for home buyers. Home sellers can gain knowledge of the condition of their home before placing it on the market. This gives you the opportunity to be better prepared to acknowledge or correct deficiences before putting your home on the market. 

A home inspection looks at the overall condition of the home including:

  • Heating system
  • Central air conditioning system
  • Interior plumbing
  • Electrical systems
  • Roof
  • Attic
  • Visible insulation
  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Floors
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Foundation
  • Basement
  • Visible structure

Be sure that you are present with the inspector during the inspection. This gives you a chance to ask questions about the property and get answers that are not biased. Oral comments are more revealing and detailed than what you will find on the written report. Once the inspection is complete, review the inspection report carefully.

Inspections must be written in as a contingency when you present an offer, which most real estate contracts automatically provide. If you do not approve the inspection report, you should consider your options.

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, you are entitled to know the condition of your home. Don't be afraid to ask questions to clairfy an information you are unsure of. 

 

Assist-2-Sell can sell your home for less. We are a full-service broker for significant savings with flexible, cost-saving solutions to sell your homeYou receive complete service from listing to closing. We are permanent year-round residents of Fort Myers, and we are proud to be a family owned and operated business serving Lee County for more than 30 years.

If you're on Facebook, be sure to Like Assist-2-Sell Partners Realty's pageConnect with us on Twitter@Assist2SellSWFL for real estate listings, reads and more.

6 Steps To Take If You're Ready To Sell Your Home


 

 

Are you considering selling your home in Lee County? Or maybe you have already listed it. If you found yourself in either of these categories, you need a plan of action for selling your home. This will help keep you prepared for all the phases of selling your home.

Here are 6 action steps to take if you are ready to sell your home.

1. Analyze why you are selling — If you understand your motives, you will be able to better negotiate and to get what it is that you want, whether it be a quick sale, high price, or somewhere in the middle.

2. Prepare your home for the buyer — Maximize the strengths of your property and fix up its weaknesses. You want the buyer to walk away from your home with a lasting good impression.

3. Find a good real estate agent that understands your needs — Make sure that your agent is loyal to you, and can negotiate to help you achieve your goals. Your agent should be assertive and honest with both you and the buyer.

4. Be prepared for negotiation — Learn and understand your buyer’s situation. What are their motives? Can you demand a big deposit from them? Try to lock in the buyer so that the deal goes through.

5. Negotiate for the best price and the best terms — Learn how to counter offer to get maximum value from every offer. Not sure how to do this? Ask your agent — they will be happy to assist you through this process.

6. Make sure the contract is accurate and complete — Be honest with your disclosures. You do not want to lose the deal because you were lying or diminishing your home’s defects. Insist the buyers get a professional inspection. This will protect both you and the buyer.

Selling your home can often become overwhelming and filled with a lot of questions. That's why we suggest taking these 6 steps to help you understand the selling process. 

Want to sell your home for less? Contact us at 239-561-2500 or by email at eric@wesellleecounty.com to find out how we can sell your home for as low as $2,995*.


Assist-2-Sell can sell your home for less. We are a full-service broker for significant savings with flexible, cost-saving solutions to sell your homeYou receive complete service from listing to closing. We are permanent year-round residents of Fort Myers, and we are proud to be a family owned and operated business serving Lee County for more than 30 years.

If you're on Facebook, be sure to Like Assist-2-Sell Partners Realty's pageConnect with us on Twitter @Assist2SellSWFL for real estate listings, reads and more.

Are You Considering Selling Your Home in Lee County?

There are many reasons for selling your home. You might want to upgrade in size, relocate for a new career, retire or move to a larger city. No matter the reason, knowing why you are selling your home can help you follow the right plan of action (note for Kayla, link to plan of action blog) for getting what you want.

This article will help you figure out what type of seller you are while guiding you towards the right action plan.

Some home sellers place a high priority on a fast sale even if it means less than the maximum selling price, while some others are focused on getting the highest price possible no matter how long it takes. Still other sellers try to balance the priorities of a timely sale and highest possible sales price. 

If you are a seller who needs to close a sale as quickly as possible, then you should know that getting the highest price possible is not one of your priorities. A timely sale is often a priority when a new job is about to start, the kids need to enter a new school system, or the next home is already purchased.

It does not mean that you won’t or cannot get the highest price, but it means that the price is not the deciding factor. A buyer who can give you a quick closing time will appeal much more to you than a buyer who can offer you more money but the negotiation and closing time drag on.

If top sales price is your top priority, it’s always good to know how low you are willing to go as a bottom price. This will help to eliminate some of the offers that are not seriously willing to negotiate. Even though you should consider all offers and consider all the terms of each offer–not only price–sometimes, if you know the bottom line and are strict about it, you can save yourself time. 

3 Things to Remember When Selling

  • Once you know what your time and financial limits are discuss them with your agent so that they can help you set your selling goals realistically. 
  • Whether you list your home with a professional or try to sell on your own, make sure to review research on the current market and recent sales, and get the proper advice in terms of legal issues, closing needs, etc. 
  • The key is to be realistic and to know what your goals are so they can be met.

Are you ready to sell your home? We can sell your home for as low as $2,995*. Call us at 239-561-2500 or email us at eric@wesellleecounty.com.

 


Assist-2-Sell can sell your home for less. We are a full-service broker for significant savings with flexible, cost-saving solutions to sell your homeYou receive complete service from listing to closing. We are permanent year-round residents of Fort Myers, and we are proud to be a family owned and operated business serving Lee County for more than 30 years.

If you're on Facebook, be sure to Like Assist-2-Sell Partners Realty's pageConnect with us on Twitter @Assist2SellSWFL for real estate listings, reads and more.

Finding The Right Real Estate Agent

Working with the right agent is vital when it comes to selling your home. It’s important that you know all of your options when it comes to choosing a realtor — especially if they can save you money. At Assist-2-Sell, our realtors work to save you money. We are your full-service broker for significant savings.

Not all agents work the same way, and it’s important to understand the differences when choosing an agent that will work the best for you.

It's important to work with an agent that is well-connected to your local real estate industry. The agent should know the market and be able to provide information you with thorough information on past sales and current listings.

At Assist-2-Sell, we are all permanent residents of Southwest Florida. We are a family owned and operated business that has been actively working in the local real estate market for more than 30 years.

When you choose Assist-2-Sell, you will always receive complete service from listing to closing. Our full-time professional brokerage provides quality service without the high commissions. Our goal is to sell your home and help keep more money in your pocket.

Are you ready to sell your home? Let's talk! Call and ask for Eric at 239-561-2500 or send me an email at eric@wesellleecounty.com.


Assist-2-Sell can sell your home for less. We are a full-service broker for significant savings with flexible, cost-saving solutions to sell your home. You receive complete service from listing to closing. We are permanent year-round residents of Fort Myers, and we are proud to be a family owned and operated business serving Lee County for more than 30 years.

If you're on Facebook, be sure to Like Assist-2-Sell Partners Realty's page. Connect with us on Twitter @Assist2SellSWFL for real estate listings, reads and more.

Thank you for visiting today. If this is your first visit, take your time and look around. I have plenty of information and resources available to you. If you are a return visitor, thank you. I would love to hear from you and tell you how I can serve all your real estate needs.

Eric Potts
Assist-2-Sell Partners Realty
12734 Kenwood Lane Suite 96
Fort Myers, FL 33907
Phone: 239-561-2500
Email: eric@wesellleecounty.com

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