Putting in the Fix…prioritizing home improvements!


Margo provides a great list of items to be done prior to listing….worthy of a reblog.


What should you fix before you put your home on the market?  I am often called in by sellers who want to know what they need to fix to be prepared for the market. 

There are certain issues that commonly appear on home inspections.  Address these up front, and you have a better chance of not losing a buyer after inspection:

1. Improper bathroom ventilation – vents should exit through the roof not into the attic

2. Defective GFI (ground fault) outlets

3. Federal Pacific Electrical panel – Recalled item.  Has been shown to have defective breakers

4. Insulation – the vapor barrier must be against the “warm” side

5.  Improper drainage – make sure planting beds don’t bring soil in contact with your home’s siding. A minimum of 6” of foundation should be exposed.

7. Radon –You might as well know in advance if you have an issue. Radon test kits are available in hardware stores.

8. No de-humidifier– most basements (finished or unfinished) could benefit from a dehumidifier. If the basement is finished, a dehumidifier is a must-have!

Buyers have high expectations in today’s market. There are many properties from which to choose. Put your property at the top of the list by being well-prepared for market!

About susanmorrison

After living in Walpole, MA for many years, our family was transferred to the west coast when I was a senior in high school. In 1983, I graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. I am also a 1987 graduate of Providence College with a major in liberal arts and a minor in business administration. I bring to the table many years of sales experience beginning with thirteen years in Corporate Sales at Delta Air Lines. I'm the mother of three children and I'm very active within the Franklin, MA community. I am also a cancer survivor and support the American Cancer Society Charities.

My husband and I have built five homes and I've lived in a variety of other locations including Toronto Canada, Irving Texas and my current home in Franklin, MA. As a result of all my moving around, I came to the conclusion that I was an expert at moving...why not become an expert on the other side of the table? I earned my real estate license in 2004 and believe that I have found my true niche'. I can empathize with my clients on a variety of levels; whether they are buying or selling. And, like so many other good realtors out there, I believe that possessing good communication skills is one of the many keys to success.

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