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8 Commonly Overlooked Details When Selling a Home

Posted by Dustin Oldfather on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 at 6:26am.

When you go to sell your home, it's easy to remember things like cleaning the rooms, painting the walls neutral colors and ensuring that the lawn is freshly mowed.

But there are many other details you're going to want to address before inviting potential buyers into your family home. We're going to discuss a few things today that are easily overlooked when placing your home on the market, but issues that definitely need some extra attention before moving too far along in the process.

Let's get started...

  • Is Your Septic System Up To Date? The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has created much more stringent rules in recent years, so you're going to want to be sure that your septic system is currently up to the standards set by the regulatory agency. All systems are required to meet stated nitrogen levels, for example, and systems must be inspected by a licensed inspector prior to any change in home ownership. You can always choose to have this inspection done after an offer has been made and accepted on your home, but doing it early could save some time and make the process go a little more smoothly.
  • What Kind Of Insurance Is Necessary? Particularly as it relates to flood insurance, you're going to want to make sure before the process moves too far along that you have the necessary coverage on your home and property. The United States Congress has mandated that federally regulated or insured lenders require flood insurance on mortgaged properties that are located in areas at high risk of flooding. But even if your property is not in a high risk flood area, your mortgage lender may still require you to have flood insurance. Find out more about this issue at

  • Necessary Permits On File. There are several permits that are necessary when you own, or plan to sell, a home in Delaware. These include things like elevation certificates (if applicable), septic permits and well permits. You'll need to be sure that these permits are up to date and ready to present during the home selling process. So do a little homework and make sure you have everything that you're going to need, so there are no delays in the selling of your property.
  • Touchups Required. It may seem minor to you, but you don't want people walking through your home, checkbook in hand, and noticing issues like cracked or peeling paint and cracked floors. While it may not seem like a big deal, showing that attention to detail could sometimes make a big difference, particularly if you're in an especially competitive market.

  • Clean Your Closets. This is something that's often overlooked because sellers often assume that no one will be looking in their closets. This is simply not true, however, as potential buyers want to know how much storage space they're going to have in their new home. So trust us, they're going to be opening every closet in the place and really getting the feel for the property. So keep those closets neat and organized.
  • Eliminate Offensive Smells. While you may love the smell of your family dog or cat, it's not something you want to hit potential buyers with when they're walking through your home. So remove that litter box, clean up that dog hair and give your home a quick cleaning before people begin stopping by. Pet odors, mold and mildew, garbage cans - these all give off odors that could be offensive to others, so it's a good idea to address these issues before showing your home.

  • Curb Appeal. Spend a little extra time ensuring that the outside of your home looks as good as the inside. This not only includes mowing the lawn, but also trimming bushes, pruning flowers, pulling weeds, raking leaves and anything else that you would normally do outside. Remember that this is going to be a potential buyer's first impression of your home, and you want it to be a good one.
  • Watch The Roof. You want to make sure that there are no missing or torn shingles on your roof. If there are, either repair them yourself or hire someone to come over and do it for you, before people begin touring your property. It may not seem like a big deal, but people searching for a new home are generally very observant and they will likely notice. It's better to just tackle it head on ahead of time, thus eliminating any questions and/or doubt about the condition of your roof.

If you'd like more tips on preparing your home for sale, or would just like some general knowledge on the local real estate market, give us a ring today at 302-260-2000 and ask to speak to one of the leading real estate agents in southern Delaware.

We'd love to tell you all about the Delaware and Maryland coast, and what a great place it is to live and work.

Have a fantastic day!

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