The real estate market in Franklin & Hampshire County, Massachusetts has remained active over these long winter months and many Sellers are getting ready to put their homes on the market. Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS has a few tips that may help you do just that.
1. Listing Information: Assist your agent with preparing the most complete information on your home. Locate items like; a plot plan or map of your property, utility cost, tax bill, deed, septic design, even seasonal photos may help with the presentation of your home to the buyer pool.
2. Prepare your home for showing: The goal is to reach as many buyers as possible to view your home and that is a job for you and your agent. Your agent will work on the marketing of your home in print and online advertising; you work on the viewing presentation. You can never replace a first impression, so each showing is your opportunity to shine. A. Declutter: Step back and look at each room to see if it is cluttered and what you could do to make it as appealing as possible to a buyer. B. Neat and clean: Time for Spring cleaning anyway, so now is a great time to do some deep cleaning. Your home will look and smell fresh, then just regular routine cleaning means you will always be ready for the next showing. C. Touch-ups if necessary: Small touch-ups will help give a complete, clean look.
3. Fill out the Sellers Description of Property: This is your opportunity to share your history with the property on various items like the deed and zoning of the property, heating system maintenance, plumbing and structural upgrades, etc. A Buyer will appreciate your information as they take over the care of your home.
4. Prepare for Inspections: If your home has a septic system, an inspection will need to be completed to comply with Massachusetts Title V Regulations. Prepare yourself for the inspection by gathering a list of inspectors, receiving estimated cost related to the inspection, and setting a date to complete the inspection.
Before your property is sold you will also need to comply with the Smoke Alarm and Carbon monoxide Detector Regulations. This inspection will be completed within 30 days of closing and your agent will be able to cover this inspection for you. However, anything you can do in advance to comply with the regulations will help keep surprises to a minimum.