When I meet with a potential home seller, I’ll look at comparable properties and determine a value of the client’s home by comparing the condition of all the different homes. As a general guide, this is how I break down the condition of a home.
Home is immaculately clean. Very little evidence of anyone living there. Home is completely updated, fixtures are tasteful and coordinated. Kitchen is updated and cabinets look new. Appliances are newer or look new and records of maintenance are available. Walls, ceiling and trim work appear to be new or are recently painted and/or stained. There are no visible holes or scuff marks on walls, ceilings or trim. There is no wallpaper and colors are neutral. Windows are vinyl, fiberglass or wood and have been updated and are in good condition. Window treatments are high quality and match the décor. There are no discernible odors and even if there are pets, there is no evidence of pets. Carpets, hardwoods or other flooring is in good condition with zero stains or defects. Roof is in good condition with no signs of moss. Yard is well manicured and lawns are free of bald spots, yellow spots and moss. Decks and fences are in good condition with zero signs of wood rot.
Although It is obvious someone is living in the home the home is clean. Home is partially updated, fixtures are tasteful and coordinated. Kitchen is clean and cabinets may be older but are in excellent condition. Appliances are clean and in good working order but may be older. Walls, ceiling and trim work is clean and in good condition. There are no visible holes or scuff marks on walls, ceilings or trim. There may be wallpaper in small areas like bathrooms or laundry rooms. Windows are double-pained and in good condition. Window treatments are of good quality. There are no discernible odors and no evidence of pets. Carpets, hardwoods or other flooring is in good condition with zero stains or defects. Roof is in good condition with no signs of moss. Yard is well manicured, lawn has very minimal defects. Decks and fences are in good condition with zero signs of wood rot.
Home looks and feels lived in. Home has not been updated. Fixtures are older or of low quality. Kitchen cabinets are of low quality or are dated. Appliances are older. Walls are in need of paint and/or wallpaper removal and trim work is ready to be re-finished or replaced. Windows are old, aluminum and/or single pained. Window treatments are old, stained or not working properly. Carpets are matted, stained or torn and show signs of considerable wear. Pets are obvious. Odors may be present, like pets, strong foods or smoke. Roof is showing signs of age but still has life and yard is in need of work. Lawn has many defects and/or moss. There are zero signs of wood rot.
Wood rot is evident. Roof is leaking or very old and in need of replacement. Any signs of water or mold near the home or in the home to include the crawl space. Evidence of rodents. Safety issues, such as missing railings on stairs or decks or wide gaps in railings. (if you can throw a 2 inch ball and it goes through the railings, the railings are a problem) Flooring is missing or damaged to the point where it must be replaced. Windows have broken seals or broken panes. The home has recalled or faulty products in or on it such as LP siding, Masonite Roofing, Recalled Cadet heaters, etc. Yard requires a lot of work.
This list is not meant to be a complete list. It’s important to have your home assessed by an experienced and licensed Real Estate Broker to inform you how your home compares to those around it. If you live in the Greater Seattle area and would like me to assess your home, just send me an email at Jana@JanaSchmidt.com – I’d be delighted to help.
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