The Seller’s 7-Step Certification Plan
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report.
2. Research Title
You need to research a property title if you are purchasing a home, a parcel of land or a foreclosure property. That used to mean spending hours flipping through pages and pages of record books to find the information. Sheila will handle this process for you as a part of her 7-Step Certification Process.
Once you have decided on a property, she will conduct a full title research at the Recorder’s Office or the Treasurer’s office in your city or county of residence, using the county’s abstract system, which gives a property’s ownership and debt histories.
You receive information that includes the current property owner, the method of conveyance used for transferring, existing mortgages, outstanding liens or judgments against the property, tax information, title holder, record of deeds and refinances.
3. Termite Inspection
Once Sheila finds a buyer for your home and opens escrow, she will order a standard termite inspection on your behalf. The termite inspection company will look for evidence of termites, dry rot, and damage. The termite company will then issue a written report with a diagram outlining their findings. The report will also include a bid by the termite company to make necessary repairs which can include tenting, repair or removal of damaged wood. By ordering the termite inspection before the home is sold, you know what you are obligating to ahead of the sale so you can plan a repair budget, accordingly.
4. Home Warranty
New home buyers have fears when procuring a home and fairly so. You do not want to come across a major repair bill soon after purchasing your new home. In order to ease these fears, Sheila offers a one year home warranty insurance policy to help ease your mind. If any of your appliances such as garbage disposal, washing machine or heating and cooling systems malfunction or break down, all you have to do is call up the home warranty company which will arrange a technician to come by your home to fix the problem.
5. Clean Home
Moving can be one of life’s most stressful moments. Packing, moving furniture, rearranging your new home can take a lot out of a person. To make your move less stressful, Sheila’s 7-Step Certification provides home cleaning services for those moving in, or moving out.
Sheila will hire a local cleaning service staff to complete the necessary deep cleaning process to leave your old home in a great shape and ready for the new occupant and clean your new home that you can feel comfortable to settle in and start a new life in a place cleaned the way that you deserve it.
Sheila provides move in/out cleaning services as well as cleaning services for real estate, home owners, rentals and leases.
6. Stage Home
In the last few years, home staging has become an increasingly popular method of preparing a home for sale. However, home staging involves far more than the cleaning and minor repairs required to put your home on the market. This is where Sheila can help. The process of staging a home is actually an in depth dressing of a home to make the property seem as appealing as possible to prospective buyers. Home staging professionals use a variety of methods to help homeowners sell their properties, incorporating both amenities already inside the home and a number of special products. When preparing to sell your home, Sheila will help prepare the home for sale and stage it for an optimal sale price.
Whether you are buying or selling a property, Sheila will work with your lender and appraiser to get an accurate value of the home.
You probably have a set price in mind. Unfortunately, your idea of a good price will most likely not be the same as what a lender considers a good price. That’s why a lender will always need an objective assessment of the home’s value, an assessment that can only be done by a home appraiser.
Appraising a home, especially in most large cities, is not an easy job. Properties that are just a couple of blocks from one another can differ greatly in price. A home’s proximity to public transit or schools, what floor an apartment is on, and whether or not there is a view are all factors that can make a big difference in the price of two seemingly similar homes.
Sheila knows what an appraiser will look for during the appraisal process and she can help you better prepare your home for the appraisal.