Just give the handle a jiggle. That window doesn’t open. The gate doesn’t latch. These not uncommon phrases may be a part of your everyday living but when selling your home, they can be deal breakers. Studies have shown that its these “nickel and dime” issues that really peeve home buyers, especially if they are not told about them ahead of time.
These small things, like a toilet that runs, a stuck front door or a wobbly ceiling fan are things long time homeowners have just learned to live with but experts warn that if home inspectors don’t catch them, they should be disclosed so as to not catch the buyer off guard.
To ensure a swift and smooth home sale transaction, agents advise sellers to make these minor repairs. Although they may not cost very much or be noticeable right away, they can go a long way when listing your home for sale. Homeowners are also like to save money by making the repair themselves than waiting for the buyer to ask for a credit in escrow at twice the price.
Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.625 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.125 percent.
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