The inspection will cover electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing, insulation, as well as structural features and could uncover issues invisible on the surface. This will give you a realistic idea of what to expect when you sell your home. Most buyers require home inspections to eliminate any questions regarding your home’s integrity. Typically, a buyer will order and pay for a home inspection. However, doing this yourself in advance offers two advantages: 1. Both spouses are made aware of any underlying problems with the home and arrangements can be made to split the cost of repairs, and 2. Buyers who are interested in the home will have an additional layer of security in knowing the integrity of the home without having to put out the money themselves for the inspection. It may cost you a few thousand dollars upfront, but buyers appreciate having this information available, and that goes a long way toward building a relationship of trust and willingness to do business.
FINDING THE RIGHT REALTOR®
Choosing the right listing agent is important. As obvious as this might seem, selecting the best real estate agent for you can be difficult. Most people personally know a real estate agent, but don’t jump headlong into working with friends who 1) may not be experienced at working with couples in the midst of divorce or 2) may not be impartial to both spouses. There are Realtors® who focus specifically on helping people who are going through a divorce. They are known as Real Estate Divorce Specialists. These agents have been trained in legal and tax aspects of divorce that even most divorce lawyers don’t know.
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