Hi, I’m Sue Bonzell, with Terra Firma Global Partners in Sebastopol, CA talking about selling your home and getting it ready to go on the market. A lot of times I suggest to my sellers to go ahead and get a pest inspection ahead of time, before they actually hit the market. That way, you can see exactly what is happening with your house. You might not even know that there are some issues that could easily be taken care of so they become a non-issue for those buyers who are looking to negotiate your price down. It’s a good idea to do that. They usually cost anywhere between $250 to $800, depending on the size of your property and how many structures they are going to be inspecting. Now when the report comes back, it comes back in two different sections. There’s section one, which are the most critical. That means a current infestation of some sort. That’s not as bad as it sounds. It’s very easy to take care of some of those things.

It’s a good idea to clear your section one before you actually go on the market. The other thing that’s going to be on there are section two, and those are things that may contribute to a section one item in the future if it’s left unkept and unmaintained, so you want to keep an eye on those items. Then there are just a few other items that are special notations. Just things that you should know about the house and also kinda keep an eye on those things. It’s a good idea to get that pest inspection ahead of time and be able to make any simple repairs, or even some big repairs if you’re willing to do that, which is a great idea. It’s going to get you more money in the long run when you’re ready to close escrow, and you don’t have to do a lot of negotiating with those buyers who say “Hey, I want you to pay to fix this.” So we’ll get that all taken care of ahead of time, and you will be ready to rock and roll.

I’m Sue Bonzell with Terra Firma Global Partners.