As Windsor Realtors, we sit down with sellers and carefully go over the details of a home they want to sell. It is important that they know that not providing full disclosure of a home’s problems can be very damaging.
Among other items, here are a few things that need to be addressed prior to putting a home on the market.
1. Repairs: Yes, this covers lots of things, but if you have made repairs to your property then, as Windsor realtors, we need to know. If repairs have not been made, this is even more important. For example, if you have a leaky rood, or you have water damage in your basement, it needs to be disclosed to the buyer.
2. Termites: If your home has been infested with termites in the past, especially more than on one occasion, we need to know. A good idea will be to get a termite inspection before you list your home, so we can let the buyers know that this is no longer a problem.
3. Mold: Any mold issues, including water damage needs to be handled. Mold can be a health hazard and is one of the most serious items not to disclose. If you have had any issues and the problem is not corrected, then it needs to be addressed and handled.
4. Lead: If you have an older home and you know that lead paint was used on your home and is still there, it needs to be disclosed.
5. Unsavory past: Does your home have a notorious past? Any criminal activity? Windsor realtors need to know. Don’t let your agent be caught off guard.
A good idea is to prepare a folder for potential buyers and let them know of the repairs you have made to your property. Include warranties, receipts and permits (if necessary) to show buyers you are a responsible seller. Even if you have a long list of disclosures, many would see that as an honest seller.