When selling your house, the phrase “it’s not what you know, but who you know” comes into play a lot more often than you might think. The network of professionals at your disposal can make the process easier, faster, and ultimately earn you a substantially higher net gain after closing the deal.
Whether you choose to go it alone or take advantage of Cheri’s extensive network of reliable and unbiased local professionals, you’ll want to make sure that you can prove that your home is in the best shape possible before attempting a sale.
Let’s take a moment to explore the different types of professionals you’ll want on your team when selling just about any kind of residential real estate in Colorado and why it’s so vital to your success.
A Professional Home Inspector
Home inspectors do exactly what you would expect—they go through your home from rafters to basement looking for potential problems or areas which could benefit from improvement. Generally speaking, home inspectors should always be able to find at least small problems, including in brand new constructions. Nitpicking is their specialty, and that’s exactly what you want.
Talented home inspectors can often help you increase the total selling price of your house by bringing inexpensive-yet-important issues to your attention. After their inspection you should always receive a detailed report with pictures where applicable.
HVAC Professional for Inspections, Repairs, or Upgrades
Do you know the “ins and outs” of your entire HVAC system? No? That’s why working with a qualified HVAC professional is important throughout the duration of your home ownership and especially prior to selling a house.
HVAC professionals should always be able to check up on the entirety of your system. For example, did you know that your thermostat occasionally needs to be calibrated? The professional will also be able to do other expert-level inspections, such as confirming that your electrical connections are functioning optimally, testing refrigerant pressure, and making sure that the condensate drains are clear.
Whether it’s something as simple as replacing a filter or catching a small problem before it becomes a big one, these cooling and heating professionals can catch the details that you wouldn’t be able to detect on your own. Most HVAC professionals will also be able to make suggestions to improve the energy efficiency of the system in your house, which can make it more attractive to potential buyers.
A Reliable Plumber
If you were considering buying a new home, you’d have your ears perked up for signs of drips, drops, or leaks of any kind, wouldn’t you? So will your potential buyers, so hiring a talented plumber to inspect and provide repairs—no matter how minor—can actually play a fairly significant part in the eventual sale of your house.
A Detail-Oriented Pest Control Specialist
The last thing any home seller wants is for an unexpected guest to show itself during a showing to a potential buyer. Pest control specialists have the know-how needed to inspect your property for pests of all different kinds—and, if none are (thankfully) found, they’ll be able to tell you how to prevent them from showing up.
You wouldn’t want to let a simple mouse cost you a home sale, would you? Don’t underestimate the importance of a pest control inspection!
Other Professionals to Know Before Selling Your House
Depending on the style of your home, you may need to bring other kinds of professionals into your team. Chimney, septic, or well water professionals may be necessary to meet with prior to selling your house.
Even if all of the professionals who inspect your home find that little needs repairing or maintaining, you haven’t “wasted your time”—far from it, in fact. Oftentimes being able to provide prospective buyers with proof that important inspections have been performed will give them a sense of reassurance and confidence.
Inspections, even if you opt to forego repair work, can also give you a better sense of where you stand with regard to your final selling price. Rather than being caught off guard about an issue while actively shopping the home to potential buyers, you’ll know exactly what’s going on “under the hood,” so to speak.
And of Course, You MUST Know A Great Realtor…
A great realtor isn’t defined merely by her own real estate acumen, but the network of professionals in her arsenal.
Cheri has spent over a decade in the home selling business. During that time, she’s developed close relationships with the best professionals in a variety of industries like the ones discussed here and more, each of which is important to maximize the possibility of selling your home quickly, easily, and for the highest possible gain.