By: Ari Albinder, Founder and Broker with Mizner Grande Realty Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
When you live in the paradise called South Florida, you have to be prepared to deal with the occasional nuisance of Hurricanes. Many people think the real estate world stops after a Hurricane, but it’s a great time to buy and sell a home in South Florida. Here are some tips to help you through the process.
Tip #1: Once you find your dream home… make sure you get a top-notch inspection. Check for mold, roof leaks, structural damage, seawall cracks, pool equipment and AC units. These are all expensive items that need to be thoroughly and expertly examined.
Tip #2: Examine the positioning of the home. Every home exposure can drastically change how the elements can affect your life. Maybe you’d prefer to wake up to sunrises, or you’d like to sit in your backyard in the evening for the sunset. It truly is an important lifestyle decision.
Tip #3: Bigger is not always better. We find that the floor plan is so much more important than square feet. Quality over quantity truly makes sense in real estate.
Tip #4: Make sure you check all the permits on the home and verify all the square footage inside and outside the home. If you are looking at waterfront, then it’s important to check the length of a seawall.
Tip #5: Make sure you look at the last 6 months of comparable homes sold. Trophy properties in great locations come at a premium. Remember that appraisals are only a guideline and not concrete. Price can be a psychological mind barrier. Be smart and do the research to come up with your own realistic value of a house. That’s the best way to get a deal.
Tip #6: The first impression. Don’t put your house on the market until your home is perfect inside and outside. You want it to be shining, so the prospective buyer is immediately wowed.
Tip #7: Another key tip is to keep your garage spotless. If the potential buyer can envision their cars being parked there is a great first step to them making you a serious offer.
Tip #8: The Smell Factor. Nothing kills a deal than a bad smelling house. Eliminate pet odors, smoking odors and make sure that your home smells like a rose garden. Make sure your AC filters are clean so the flow of clean air is noticeable.
Tip #9: Landscaping is often over looked but so important. Talk about first impressions… the outside of your home will be the first thing seen. Make the potential buyer excited to go into your home by impressing them with the landscape.
Tip #10: Properly pricing your home is the biggest key to the whole process.Using a trusted agent/broker will allow you to get top dollar in less time.