Want Your Home SOLD? Pest Control Services in NJ shares valuable tip
If you are selling (or thinking about selling) you should read this.
*Real Estate Agents, feel free to forward this article to your clients
The real estate market is beginning to improve in our area. This is around the time that many homeowners begin to prepare their home to list or sell. The list of things to do is vast and this can be a stressful time. With that in mind, it is helpful to think of things BEFORE they arise. This is where we come in. We would like to explain a story that we have heard all too often. Perhaps this tidbit of information will be helpful to you and help sell your home.
A clean termite certification is required to sell homes in our area. This is particularly true for any property or structure that is being purchased with a mortgage. In New Jersey, the majority of homes are sold with FHA mortgages. This is because the down payment is less than the standard 20%. Generally speaking, it’s the most affordable option for home buyers. Now you may be thinking, what does this have to do with pest control? The answer is: Everything. FHA has strict guidelines regarding wood destroying insects and frankly, there is no getting around it. If there is evidence of damage or active insects, the bank can refuse to lend the buyer money until it is taken care of. Did you know that the seller could be responsible for all (or some) of the corrective work and treatment? Did you know that the buyer has the right to terminate the contract under the inspection clause? This is not meant to scare or intimidate, it is to help you understand the process. Whether you think your house is free and clear of bugs or not, you really will not know for sure. Your home should be inspected and treated prior to getting to that point. We want to share with you common stories of what occurs when things like this happen.
Sellers prepare their homes for sale in many different ways. The effort in getting to the point of listing a home is not for the weak. It is hard work if you want to do it right and sell fast. Many customers share with us the work they put into preparing their home, as we have listed much of it below. We have worded it the way most of it was communicated with us.
The House Gets Prepared to Sell
- Weeks and days were spent organizing and tidying up
- Every closet was purged and things were donating or trashed
- Trinkets were packed away and personal pictures were all taken off the walls
- The house was cleaned and clean again. It never looked so clean
- Fresh paint was applied to the walls, everything was painted that looked dingy. Everything.
- Carpets cleaned and hardwood was polished and look better than new
- Lists were made and every minor detail was addressed with precision
The House is Listed
- Located and signed with a Realtor you trust and like (harder than most think)
- Every day you keep the house tidy and neat, just in case it is shown
- You pick up, vacuum and turn on lights before the buyers arrive
- If you are home, you rush to make it perfect and then head out the door in a frenzy
- If you are not home, you pray the house is in good shape and the buyers like it
- You are afraid to cook or do anything that makes the house dirty
- Time is ticking, where are the buyers?
- They view the home multiple times as excitement builds
- Your Realtor works hard to have something put together in the form of an offer
- The offer comes and negotiations begin
- You have offer and acceptance and everyone is relieved
- The buyers and sellers choose a lawyer and Attorney Review begins
- After a few days the review is complete and the buyers schedule their inspections
- Calls are made as friends and family share congratulations
The House is SOLD!… Not so Fast.
After reading all the steps that it took to get to this point, you probably know where this is heading. All of this is normal and expected so far, right? So although each story may be slightly different, the lesson we are going to share is the same. Keep reading.
What You Did Not Know Can Hurt You
Until the buyers line up and complete the home inspections, the celebrations are preliminary. Like heading for a touchdown and celebrating too early, you are tackled unexpectedly. You did not know, or maybe you knew but did not understand. You told people it was sold and you started to pack. Then the reports roll in. Why are you getting a report as thick as phone book about your home? Now What?
What You Need to Know
Every home inspection will produce lists of things to be fixed, repaired or changed- even in brand new homes. If you are a seller and think your home is exceptional, chances are you will be shocked at what will be found. Advice? Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. But here is the GOOD NEWS: regardless of what is in that report, you have people working on your behalf to get it resolved. Most times it is stressful, but negotiated or handled faster than you thought. Unless it is wood destroying insects, termites or structural damage. These are the things buyers have a hard time getting over. Please also remember that FHA regulations are strict when it comes to this subject and they may not lend the buyer money. Any form of infestation or damage could kill your deal. Even if it appears the damage was from the past and the termites are not active, it does not matter. Sometimes this is all that it takes to scare the buyers away. There could be nothing you can say or do to stop them. They can walk away. Imagine after all of the work that you have done to get to this point, the deal dies? No one deserves that, especially if it could have been avoided. This why it should be addressed in advance, but it was never suggested to you.
Arranging for Pest Control Services in NJ can help you sell your home
In fact, your realtor can share with buyers that the home has been inspected and treated; with no signs of infestation or damage. Buyers like to feel secure and this type of action deems you trustworthy and meticulous. If you take care of this small detail, they will feel as though you probably cared for everything else in the same fashion. If you learn anything, it is that you should not leave this type of inspection to “chance”.
Our team is experienced and prepared in treating, removing and/or exterminating many types of nuisances. Here are a few of the most common Pest Control Services in New Jersey:
- Carpenter Bees
- Carpenter Ants
- Powder Post Beetles
- Wildlife in Attics (or Chimney)
- NJ Bed Bugs
- Mice and Rats
- Bees and Yellow Jackets
- Hornets (and much more)
Our slogan is “We Kill Your Pests, Not Your Budget”, and we mean that. It is why we have been chosen as Contractor of the Year by Home Advisor. We are a local business that relies solely on referrals. When you work with us, you are working with the owner of the business. We are not a large corporation that views you as a number, we are a hard working NJ family- just like you.
Obtaining a clean termite certification does more than deliver you peace of mind. This simple act speaks to the buyer and buyer’s agent about the type of homeowner that you are. It demonstrates your commitment and diligence to caring for the home, something every buyer feels good about. Contact us to arrange for your home termite inspection and treatment today.