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How to Sell Your Home Quickly: The Pre-List Prep

Are you thinking about selling your home? There are a few things you should know.
Today we will be sharing some helpful tips on pre-listing preparation to ensure you are ready once your home hits the market.

Understand the Current Market

The real estate market is constantly changing. It is crucial to understand the current market trends when you are ready to sell your home. It is easy to sometimes value our homes for more than they are actually worth based on our own feelings and memories. Utilize online websites to search for homes in your area with similar features (basement, garage, # of bathrooms, etc.) and similar square footage to gain an idea of a realistic listing price. When your home is appraised these comparable properties or “comps”, will be considered.

Paperwork as Proof

Potential buyers want more than the good word of a stranger. Potential buyers are going to want proof. Gather any relevant paperwork that can confirm newer updates and renovations. For example, if you had your roof replaced two years ago, gather the paperwork and receipts to confirm the roof was actually replaced. If you were conscious about your utility expenses, you could even compile previous utility bills to offer potential buyers an idea of how much it will cost to heat their home, or how much water will cost them.

Below we have compiled some important paperwork you could have prepared to verify that updates were completed, or to simply provide clear answers to potential questions that buyers may have.

  • New Furnace
  • New AC Unit
  • Updated Roof
  • Newer Appliances (if included in the sale)
  • Renovations, Remodel, or Additions
  • Utility Bills

Get Free Estimates

You are ready to sell your home, but you know the roof is getting old. Get estimates from different companies, they are free. This does not mean you need to hire a company and pay for a new roof before listing your home. However, we recommend being prepared and knowing potential costs.

Let’s pretend you have an offer on your house that is conditional upon the inspection. In the inspection, it is said that the home needs a new roof and that it is going to cost $15,000. Since you already have those estimates, you know it is only going to cost $10,000- this gives you the edge during negotiation.

Other types of estimates to consider having done include:

  • Concrete
  • Windows
  • Repairs to Foundation
  • New Flooring or Carpet

These are a few of the best ways to fully prepare before listing your home on the market.

If you want to eliminate these steps and sell NOW then contact us at Seller’s Advantage, or call us at 1-800-208-3243 to get a no-cost, no-obligation quote on your home. We purchase homes in AS-IS condition and can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours.

Homeowner Tips on Major Home Repairs Like Water, Termite or Mold Damage

With the excitement of selling your home comes the responsibility of taking care of it when damage occurs and you need repairs. Termites will eat away at the foundation. Water will damage the roof. And mold will cause ugly stains and health issues. Repairing the damage can be a huge and costly task. The first step we must take when we address any home repair is assessing the damage. The next step is to determine the costs involved and last, hire a professional to come in make the repairs.

Water Damage
Although it may seem harmless, water can do serious damage to a home and cost a great deal to repair. Most statistics show it will cost between $1,045 and $3,885 to repair the damage done by water to a home.  It’s best to have a professional check out the damage and repair it.

Termite Damage
More than fire, water, and natural disasters, those pesky termites do the most damage to a home. Part of the problem is that they’re so tiny they’re nearly invisible to the eye. Once they enter a home they slowly, but surely eat away at the house without us even being aware of it until it’s too late and there’s thousands of dollars worth of damage. Statistics from the National Pest Management Association show termites have done more than $5 billion in damages a year.
The best way to prevent termite damage is to have regular exterminations done to your house by a professional. If it’s too late and you want to do it yourself, it’s best to still get recommendations from a professional.

Mold Growth Damage
Mold can occur quickly with little warning. It especially grows when there has been water damage. Be sure to confront mold quickly to avoid health problems and major damage to your home. Avoid direct contact with the mold. Be sure to turn off fans and anything that increases air circulation.  It’s best to get a professional to remove it. The cost range for mold damage is from $400 to $6000 depending on the damage.

One way to avoid costly repairs and time-consuming renovations are to be preventative when it comes to taking care of your home. Don’t let moisture build up so it can cause mold. If you start seeing signs of mold, take care of it on the spot. Avoid water damage by making sure you protect your roof well. Hire a professional rodent or termite exterminator to visit your house once or twice a year. Although you may have to pay a professional to conduct inspections and regular maintenance, it beats paying hundreds, even thousands, later to them for repairs.

It’s best to move to a temporary location while repairs are being made to your house from water, mold or termite damage. This prevents health issues from occurring and allows the professionals to do a thorough job.

​Don’t want to worry about repairs? No, problem let us take care of it for you.   If you want or need, to sell your house quickly without any hassles, then contact us at Seller’s Advantage today for a cash offer within 24 hours.

​Selling Your Home: It’s The Little Things That Get You

The simplest things in life are often far more complicated than they appear.  The process of selling a home is without a doubt considerably more difficult than most would think.  There are many pitfalls along the way that can either kill or delay a sale.  Some can be avoided and other cannot, but the stress and monetary loss associated with them is the one certainty.

Some things to consider when selling your home are:

  • Real estate agents typically charge a commission of 5% – 6% to sell a house.  Although they are required to be licensed, the ability and expertise of agents can vary greatly.  You should interview several. Choosing the wrong realtor can be a nightmare.
  • Be prepared to make some improvements and/or upgrades before the property is even listed.  Many agents will refuse a listing that does not meet their standards.
  • While it varies greatly from market to market, a rule of thumb is that once a home is listed, it takes between 60 and 100 days to sell.  Of course, it can often take up to 60 days to select an agent, make repairs, set a price and go live with the listing.   
  • Regulatory hurdles including but not limited to zoning violations, permit issues, and even flood insurance questions can and often do delay a sale. As is typically the case, the burden and cost of compliance fall to the seller. 
  • Finding truly qualified buyers is sometimes difficult. This is particularly true of older homes that may be listed at a lower price point.  Often times lending institutions have very demanding policies and standards that need to be satisfied before a sale can occur. There is nothing more frustrating to a seller than having a deal fall apart because of bank policy.

Traditional wisdom has led us to believe that there is only one way to effectively sell a home; the expense, stress, and delays are just a part of the process. Thankfully, there is another way sell your home quickly and without any of the hassles.

When Your Deck is A Wreck: Horror Stories of Home Sales Gone Wrong

Decks are popular outdoor living spaces almost everywhere in the US–they range from small platforms barely big enough to hold a grill and a chair, to massive expanses featuring several levels. But there’s one things all decks have in common–connecting to the house itself– and how that’s done can derail your home sale.

A deck has to meet local building codes, and those codes universally require the deck structure to attach to the house. If your deck was professionally built and installed, you paid a lot to have it done correctly and it should have several points where it is bolted to the house. If you and a couple of buddies put it together one weekend, you might not have the engineering expertise to know to how successfully connect the deck to the house, and while it might feel sturdy and solid, an inspector may have a different opinion.

When you go the traditional route of selling your home, the buyers typically hire a home inspector before they fully commit to buying your house. That inspector’s job is to nitpick every detail of your house, and one of the places they focus on the most is the deck. They’ll check the size and location of the bolts, and if the deck is raised they’ll go under the house to check for any loose bolts or rotted wood–things you’ve probably never thought about. They’ll also check for any signs of rot on the deck itself, and for any loose rails or stair risers. He’ll also confirm that your deck rails meet current code–in many states, the rails must be vertical instead of horizontal as a precaution against small children falling through the rails.

If you’re concerned that your deck is, in fact, a wreck, contact us at Seller’s Advantage and let us worry about the details.  We’ll buy your house AS-IS. You can call us at 1-888-654-AS-IS(2747) or go online for a quote, and we’ll usually have an offer for your home within a business day. It’s the new way to sell, without the hassle.

Is Your Home Photo-Ready for Sale?

You are finally ready to sell your home. The more people that come to tour your home, the better. But what attracts potential buyers to your home? Pictures.  They’re worth a thousand words and they could even be worth thousands of dollars if they attract the right buyer to your listing.

Photos are the first impression potential buyers have of your home, they are the thing that will intrigue people to come see more. Your home must present as aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Below are some important tips to remember when preparing to take your pictures.

Eliminate Clutter
Everyone is guilty of clutter, whether it’s in a hidden junk drawer or stacked high in your spare bedroom. An important factor to keep in mind when taking photos for the sale of your home is that nobody wants to see your clutter. It is essential to create an illusion of simplicity for your photos, allowing others to imagine it as their future home.

  • Clear Counters: Making sure your bathroom counters, kitchen counters, and dresser tops in each room are cleared off is an easy way to eliminate visual clutter from photos.
  • Free the Floors: Be sure all of the floors are free of chaos. Try to pick up any toys off the floor, no laundry baskets, or random piles you may have stacked up in any rooms.
  • Rearrange Rooms: If you have to go room-to-room and move things around as you snap your shots, do so to ensure each room has a simplistic look.

Surprisingly enough, the cleanliness of a home can oftentimes be detected in pictures. We are not suggesting you deep clean your entire house until you are aching, but we do have a few tips that will help your home look radiant for photos.

  • Bathrooms: Make sure your toilets, shower, and sink are sparkling before snapping photos. If you happen to have 3 shampoos, 2 conditioners, 4 body washes, and multiple shave creams stacked in the corners of your shower consider removing those excess items for the pictures.
  • Appliances: Be sure your appliances are nice and clean. Wipe away any grease splatters from your stove, spots on the refrigerator and give your washer and dryer a quick wipe down.
  • Floors: Whether you have hardwood floors, linoleum or carpet- get those floors clean. For bare floors be sure any dust is gone and the floors are shining, and for carpeted floors run the vacuum over them to create fresh lines for your photos.

Be sure to follow these tips and tricks when you are trying to sell. If you want more ideas for what type of pictures stand out, look online at some homes that are for sale to see what pictures appeal to you.

Another Alternative
If you’re ready to sell NOW and don’t have time for a photo-finish, then contact us at Seller’s Advantage online or call us at 1-800-208-3243 to get a no-cost, no-obligation quote on your home. We purchase homes in AS-IS condition and can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours.

Tips for Selling Your Home: Bathroom Edition

If your house is like most homes in the United States, then your bathrooms aren’t much bigger than the average walk-in closet. However, bathrooms also happen to be one of the highest traffic areas in any home. Both of these factors make bathrooms one of the most important points on a buyers list. Modern homeowners want larger bathrooms with more creature comforts. Unfortunately, most sellers aren’t interested in remodeling their old home before they put it on the market. If you are one of them, here are a few tips on making sure your bathroom is still a selling point without tearing out the walls.

If your plumbing isn’t working correctly when prospective buyers come to look at your house, then you will need to prepare yourself for lower bids and the possibility of contract repairs prior to your sale. Make sure to repair any leaking, out of code or awkward plumbing situations BEFORE your buyers arrive.

Deep Cleaning
This one may seem obvious, but check again – most of us tend to overlook sticky fingerprints on cabinets, build up around the base of the shower and toilet, and grime in the light fixtures. Your sellers won’t be counting off dollars for each sticky smear, but your house is going to look a lot less impressive than the competition. Have someone else check your work before you call it good to ensure your bathroom is spotless.

Fresh Paint
The difference that a fresh coat of paint can make is truly amazing. Fresh paint can help hide old stains and dirt and a little color can make your bathroom look larger, brighter and more inviting. Chose colors that match your fixtures and don’t over-do it. Blue can really make plain white and silver pop, but too much and your bathroom will end up looking small and kitschy. However, no matter how tempting it may seem – do not paint over mold and mildew on your walls. Deliberate attempts to cover-up, rather than remediate, can end up costing you big-time.

Update Fixtures
Updating your fixtures is a great way to help ensure that your bathroom is up to date without actually remodeling. Replacing your toilet, faucets, mirrors and towel/tissue holders can put a whole new spin on your room. If you’re willing to do the work yourself you can save quite a bit of money on an update that is sure to leave an impression.

Remember – selling your home IS a competition and bathrooms are one of the biggest concerns on a conventional buyers short-list. However, as a non-traditional buyer, Seller’s Advantage is prepared to take on the remodeling so you don’t have to. Contact us online or by phone at 1-800-208-3243 to get a no-cost, no-obligation quote on your home. We purchase homes in AS-IS condition and can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours.

Seller Has Unanticipated High Costs for House Sale

Home sales can be a challenge for the seller, with a lot of unpredictability. Mark and Debbie found this out the hard way.

The couple had rented their former residence located in a desirable area of town. Mark and Debbie decided that they wanted quick cash, and priced the house at the realtor’s recommended competitive price. After making repairs to the house, like replacing a broken tile, the residence was placed on the market.

An offer came in quickly. The potential buyer backed out when the inspector noticed a water leak on the patio. The roof was replaced before the home was relisted. The new roof cost the couple $9,936. A leak was also found in the water heater, this was a repair of $450. After the residence was listed again, the next potential buyer backed out because the home had polyurethane plumbing. Determined that this would not deter the next potential buyer, the sellers replaced the plumbing at a cost of $3,967. While waiting for the third offer to close, a tree fell on the screened in patio. This was a repair of $2,400.

Mortgage payments, basic utilities, and landscaping continued to eat into their cash. With the third offer at $20,000 less than the asking price, the sellers made much less than they had expected.

Mark and Debbie wished that they could have had a better idea of the final number sooner. The sellers were grateful when the house finally sold after months of stress.

​If you want to sell your home quickly without expensive repairs, contact Seller’s Advantage online ( or call us at 1-800-208-3243 to get a no-cost, no-obligation quote on your home. We purchase homes in AS-IS condition and can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours.

The Myths of Owning Investment Property: Landlord Drama

Every day, people find themselves with an extra house on their hands. It could be from an inheritance, a settlement, or simply a house or condo that you didn’t sell when you bought your new home. However you got it, you’ve got to deal with it. Your friends are probably telling you to hang on to it, you can make a killing if you turn it into an investment property. These friends may not have any investment properties of their own  or understand the responsibilities involved in becoming a landlord.

Yes, the market nationally for rental homes is blistering hot, and rents have never been higher. Even if you own the home outright, it’s not free to keep owning it. You’ll have to pay taxes on it, and if it’s inherited you may find yourself owing back taxes. Even without a mortgage requiring homeowner’s insurance you need to have the structure insured–if a tree falls on it or lightning strikes you’re left with a hole in the roof or a burned out house, so a little policy to cover costs to repair is a really good idea.  If your property has any HOA dues you’ve still got those to pay on a regular schedule.

Once you’ve worked out the budget for the cost to own, figure out your cost to rent. You heard that right–it will cost you to rent your house. You’ll need to spruce up the place–repair any damages to walls, floors, windows, whatever is less than shipshape. A fresh coat of neutral paint, new or refinished floors, and new appliances are necessary to attract the sort of tenant you want, and the landscaping should be freshened up.

If you’re still determined to be a landlord, you might need a property management company to deal with routine maintenance and repairs, or be prepared to be very handy and available 24/7. States have a variety of rules defining the landlord/tenant relationship, but failing to respond to maintenance requests in a timely manner is frowned upon in most states and you don’t want to go to court because you didn’t get the message the water heater burst.

There is an alternative to trying your hand at managing property–let Seller’s Advantage buy it. We can usually close a transaction in a couple of weeks, and you have the benefits of ready cash and keeping that landlord dream alive. If you think this is the solution for your extra house, contact us and learn more about our simple, no-pressure home buying process.

Why Appliances Matter – Purchasing New Appliances Before Selling Your Home

You’ve done it all – the house is staged with borrowed furniture, the curtains tied back to let in the sun and the counters have been swept clean and freshly washed. It looks a little bare, but that’s just how staged houses look – bare and a tad too clean. Unfortunately, no matter how much elbow grease you put into your cupboards and floors, if you haven’t updated your appliances in years then your kitchen might be making buyers think twice.

Selling With Appliances
Most prospective home buyers prefer to see appliances in the kitchen. Purchasing a home without a dishwasher, stove, microwave and fridge can mean a significant, immediate investment on top of the purchase price. A new set of appliances can easily run $3,000 or more depending on the quality and brand they prefer. This is why many realtors suggest selling your home with the appliances intact. Because when the buyer knows they will need to purchase and pay for new appliances, their offers will reflect their estimate of the after purchase costs.

Quality Matters
The quality of the appliances you have inside your home speaks to your prospective buyer – what it says depends on what they are looking for. Low quality, old or lightly damaged appliances may be a mild disappointment for some and a major passing point for others.

First Time Home Buyers – If your buyers haven’t looked at many houses yet, they may still be holding on to a few Pie-in-the-Sky dreams of gleaming hardwood floors, double garages and stainless steel appliances. If your home isn’t what they are looking for, they will give it a hard pass. However, after reconciling their dreams with their checkbooks they may find themselves back for a second look. Decent appliances, in good shape and working order, can become a reasonable selling point to disenfranchised buyers.

Families – If your home is big enough and in a good area, you may be entertaining quite a few families. For these buyers, no appliances or even older, damaged appliances can become a hard no if your selling price isn’t low enough. Families worry about quality and finding funds to replace failing appliances can be difficult. If your appliances don’t look like they have at least 3+ years of service left in them you can expect these buyers to pass.

Professionals – If you live in a nice enough area and your home is in good shape, you may see quite a few single or professional couples coming through your doors. Unlike most prospective buyers, professionals are more likely to see your appliances as an unwanted expense than an asset. For these buyers, the cost of purchasing new appliances isn’t a hindrance and having brand new appliances installed is preferable to using those they have purchased with the house.

Planning Ahead
Marketing to your buyer-group is an important part of selling your home. While every buyer is an individual, your realtor can help you determine what preferences prospective buyers for your home will have. As far as appliances go – If they are in poor repair, then it will usually be in your best interest to replace them.  Buyers tend to overestimate the price of purchasing new appliances and could reduce their offer by thousands more than you would spend replacing the appliances prior to selling.

An Easier Way to Sell
Not all sales require this type of attention, however. If you are looking for a quick sale, without the hassle of tailoring your house to meet buyer expectations then Contact Seller’s Advantage online or call us at 1-888-654-ASIS (2747) to get a no-cost, no-obligation quote on your home. We purchase homes in AS-IS condition and can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours.

Common Home Repairs & Cost Creep

So you’d like to sell your house, but you need to “fix up a couple of things” before you talk to a realtor about putting it on the market. It’s amazing how you stop seeing things like ratty bath hardware and peeling deck paint, and then when you really look you’re kind of disgusted with how you live! YouTube is loaded with how-to videos that make it look so easy to repair tile or shore up deck supports, so you think, “I can do this, no problem” and hit the hardware store with a list of stuff and a quick weekend project.

The problem is, nothing involving home repairs is every as easy as it seems and before you know it, you can easily spend thousands on a project that you thought would cost a few hundred at most.

Take that deck with the peeling paint that’s a little saggy. If it’s more than a few years old, it could well be out of code if your railings are horizontal rather than vertical. When you go to the hardware store to figure out how to fix it, that’s a question the salesman will ask–and if you’re out of code you’ll have to pay for an updated deck one way or the other; on the front end if you fix it yourself, or as a credit or price decrease to the buyer. If you’re naturally handy and have the tools, it might be less expensive to do it yourself. But if you’re like most homeowners and don’t have post hole diggers, circular saws, and an impact drill, you’re going to spend a lot in that repair–you can rent the tools if you’re confident using them, and buy the materials for the project. Or hire a professional to do it–again, costing well over the three or four hundred you had budgeted.

Your third option, saving the best for last, is to let Sellers Advantage come in and buy your home in a couple of weeks, as is. Save yourself time, stress, and money with the easiest real estate transaction you’ll ever have. Contact us today, call the moving trucks tomorrow!