Inspect the house inside and out, as if you were the Buyer; then, decide what improvements you should make before putting the house on the market. mechanical repairs should be made to ensure all systems and appliances are in good working condition; fresh paint, wallpaper and landscaping (curb appeal) give you a better rate of return then Capital Improvements, which cannot be recovered in the sale.
Perhaps the most cost-effective step you can take to improve both time on the market and sales price is to have a Seller's Inspection performed by a Licensed Home Inspector like Palladino Home Inspection.
What is a Seller's Inspection?
A Seller’s Home Inspection is similar to a Buyer's Home Inspection in that it is conducted by a Licensed Home Inspector; the end-result is identification of defects among the building’s many systems, if any. The purpose and timing of a Seller’s Residential Home Inspection differ from a Buyer’s Residential Home Inspection:
A Seller’s Inspection is often referred to as a ‘Pre-Listing Inspection’ when the inspection is conducted in preparation to list the home for sale on the Real Estate Market.
The term ‘Pre-Listing Inspection’ is somewhat misleading because the inspection does not have to be conducted prior to listing the home on the market, although it is the preferred timing for Seller’s Inspections. The Seller becomes aware of defects that may affect the sale price of the home, the length of time on the market and steps that the homeowner can take to rectify defects either before or after listing the home for sale. Seller’s Inspections are increasingly common as more Realtor’s and homeowners realize the benefits of the Seller’s Inspection.