Gathering your documents is an important part of getting your home ready to sell. Here are a few important ones to have on hand:
When a Buyer asks for a copy of utility bills, it is a buying signal. They don’t usually ask for that level of detail unless they are considering making an offer. To speed up the decision process, have both the average and highest gas and electric bills available.
If you have a pool, provide seasonal photos. Also provide your agent with details of the construction, maintenance records, and operating costs. -
Homeowners Association Bylaws and Master Deed
Your agent should ask you for the web address to your Homeowner’s Association’s website, a copy of your bylaws, current budget, and the current treasurer, so have this information available at your listing appointment. Make sure you ask your Board if the information is current. -
Repairs and Renovations with Dates
Compile a list of all the repairs and renovations and the dates completed. Provide receipts if you have them. This is important because it will help your agent negotiate the best price for your home; plus, I use this list in my appraisal package for the bank appraiser to help support the price I’ve diligently negotiated. Details matter.
Sellers Disclosure Statement
Be prepared to make public, any defects you are aware of. It is illegal for your agent to help you complete your Sellers Disclosure Statement. If the age of something is unknown, state “unknown,” if you didn’t pull a permit for an improvement, state so. Accurate Sellers Disclosure Statements are your ticket out of a lawsuit. Disclose, disclose, disclose.
Make an Extra Set of Keys
You’ll have a lockbox on your door so that real estate agents can show your home to their Buyers. Make sure you give them an extra set of keys, not your own.
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