5 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Home Sale
Finding a buyer is just the first step in getting your home sold. Now that you have a great offer on FishHawk Ranch home you can look forward to a smooth closing. Let’s hope so but not so fast! There are 5 mistakes that will kill your home sale. Let’s take a look at each of these to ensure your home closes and closes on time!
Mistake #1: Ignoring Contract Contingencies
The Florida Contract For Residential Sale and Purchase has a multitude of time periods and items that a seller needs to comply with. If the contract requires you to do something before the sale, do it! A good example of this is a repair contingency. Usually, after the home goes under contract the new buyer will have a home inspection. The inspector will find a list of items that need fixing or repair on the home. Through negotiation, the buyer and seller will agree on the items that the seller will have fixed before the closing. An addendum to the contract is written up and signed by both the buyer and the seller. The addendum will detail exactly what is to be repaired. These items become contract contingencies. Ensure all these items are repaired by a professional before the final walk-through of the property that usually takes place the day before closing.
Mistake #2: Not Fixing Items That Break
A buyer is purchasing the property in the shape that it is in (or maybe better shape) when you go to contract. As the seller, you are still the homeowner and responsible to fix any items that may break before closing. The last thing you want is for a buyer to notice the A/C is not working in the home during the final walk-through. If the A/C fails, get a professional to fix it, get receipts and inform the buyers that the work was done. When you fail to maintain the home, the buyers may lose confidence. They will start to question what else may be wrong with the home and possibly back out of the sale.
Mistake #3: Removing Items From The Home
The contract is pretty clear about what items are to stay in the home and what items are not included in the sale. When you sell your FishHawk home it is expected that items like fixtures, built-in furnishings, appliances, and ceiling fans are to remain in the home. The exception to this would be if these items are specifically excluded from the sale. I’ve had, on more than one occasion, while doing a final walk-through with my buyer we’ve noticed the refrigerator missing. Well, guess what, we would not close until the buyer was either compensated the buy for the refrigerator or had the refrigerator replaced. Also, don’t replace items with cheaper versions. If the home had a brand new stainless steel refrigerator and you replace it with a 1990’s refrigerator you are still breaking the terms of the contract.
Mistake #4: Not Being Open To Additional Negotiations
Just because you’ve signed a purchase contract does not mean that the negotiation process is over. There can still be issues that arise that will need to be addressed. The main issues that usually come up are home inspection issues and appraisal issues. If there are home inspection issues be prepared to negotiate to fix at least some of these items. As far as the appraisal goes, unfortunately, it is not always an exact science. If the appraisal comes in lower than the purchase price, as the seller you may need to come down on the price a little bit to save the deal.
Mistake #5: Hide Liens
There will be a full title search done before the property closes. So if you have a FishHawk Ranch HOA lien or Federal Tax Lien on the property these will need to be paid offer before the home closes. Usually, the seller uses the proceeds from the property to pay off these liens. If the liens are not paid off the home will not close.
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About the author
The above FishHawk Ranch real estate article “5 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Home Sale” was written by Jeff Gould.
Jeff is a top-selling, nationally recognized real estate broker, REALTOR®, and local FishHawk Ranch real estate expert.
In addition to the FishHawk area, Jeff sells homes in the entire Tampa Bay area. Including Lithia, Riverview, Valrico, Apollo Beach, Brandon, and the rest of the Tampa Bay area.
If you are looking to sell or buy a home anywhere in the Tampa Bay area, Jeff is your local and trusted professional.
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