Benefits of getting a home inspection when selling your home

Getting a home inspection before you put your home on the market can have many benefits.

It can streamline the sale process and help you avoid any unexpected surprises. A home inspection can break a deal real fast, so having a home inspection beforehand will allow you to get a clear picture regarding the condition of your home-including any problems that may derail a sale. Getting a home inspection beforehand will give you the homeowner a chance to address major issues, and the information you gain from the inspection will be useful in pricing the home.

By getting a home inspection it allows you to do any repairs beforehand to fix any issues that pop up on the inspection report, so when the buyers see your inspection reports at open houses and see that they have been fixed it will make a smooth closing transaction. 

Bottom line you do not want to go in the home selling process with your eyes blindfolded. By having a complete home inspection (home, pest, roof) done on the home, you know where you stand. Reach out if you have any questions comment below


So you have decided to sell your home, now what? Many things are running through your mind as you are sitting at the table sipping on your tea. Not to worry I am here to help ease some of your concerns. Today I will share with you 5 things you should do to get your home ready for the market.

  1. Depersonalize /declutter your home- You may have been in your for 5, 10,20 or 50 years and you love it! The bottom line is you want potential buyers to picture themselves in your home. So pack up all your photos,  family heirlooms, and other objects and clutter that might distract potential buyers and hurt a possible sale. You want to present buyers with an impersonal, clean environment so they can imagine the home perhaps decorated with their own photographs, furniture, and art objects. Depersonalizing your home makes it easier for potential buyers to visualize how the home might look filled with their own items. Also, remove books from bookcases and other knickknacks, and clean everything off your kitchen counters. Essential items that you use daily can be tucked away in small boxes that you can place in a closet when they’re not in use. When buyers see photos online and or walk in a home and stumble across a bunch of stuff that is a big no, no. 
  1. Remove Bulky/run down furniture- I see this too often, if your home is cozy (small spaces) do not and I will repeat DO NOT have bulky furniture in the room. By doing this it will only scream “I’m too small”. Buyers will feel that the home is too small. If your furniture is not up to par I would suggest having your home staged by a professional this can determine if your home will sell or not.
  1.  Curb Appeal- The front of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see online and or driving by. You do not want potential buyers driving down the street only to see weeds 3 feet tall and garbage all in the front. If you are not able to do it I would HIGHLY suggest you hire someone to come out and do the work. Cutting the grass , trimming trees, sweeping the front porch, buying a new door mat can go a long way.
  1. Nice odor- One thing many tend to forget to do is to freshen up the home. Sometimes we get so used to the odor in our home that we don’t notice a funk smell. Invest in getting two diffusers and essential oils and start putting that on for maybe two weeks before the open house so the home can really have a nice scent throughout. Also when you have the open house turn those diffusers on. 

5. Call me- I am a Realtor in the San Francisco bay area of California. I can help you directly if you are in the area but if you are not in the area I have a team all around the country, reach out and I will put you in the right hands to assist in your home sale. 510.689.3859

Bike ride for health

Bike riding can be great for your overall health. It’s great for when your stressed out to hop on a bike and ride around town. You will notice your mood change drastically. It will get your heart beating and provide great circulation throughout your body. Try it out even if it’s 15min to start before you know it you will have been on the road for over an hour!

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Travel Intro

Well hello, I love to travel around the world, my goal is to travel to as many places as possible and experience multiple cultures. Not only do I want to travel to different countries for the blog but also visit local destinations as well because sometimes we can live in a city and never visit destinations in our own backyard. For example I am from Oakland Ca and have never been to Yosemite and many other tourist spots. So I will be making that happen and post it on the blog. Over the years I have made multiple visits to dominican Republic and love the island I have also been to Brazil, Panama, Dominica, mexico, puerto rico, jamaica and Cayman Islands. My future travels will be Costa Rica because of its jungle feel and to visit different spa retreats, West Africa, Thailand, Tahiti, Fiji. Where are some places you have been?

When is a good time to buy a home?

When is a good time to buy?

I get this question all the time. The answer will always be 5, 10,15, 20 years ago. We all hear “I remember when a mortgage payment for $500 a month in the Bay Area now it’s $3k plus or I remember when my rent was only $350 a month for a 2 bedroom”. Yes it will always be less years ago. The question is do you want to continue paying someone else’s mortgage or your own? Whatever your answer is that is fine as long as you sit and consider the pros and cons.

1. Early in the Year

The calendar is a good barometer for the best time to buy a house.

In general, prices are less expensive at the end of the year, especially in December. Primarily, that’s because the inventory that’s on the market comes from owners who have to sell, and are more willing to negotiate.

That could mean an owner whose company is transferring him or her to another state, and the owner must move fast. Or, the homeowner is hard up for cash, and can’t afford to wait until the traditionally busy spring home selling season.

The takeaway on the late-year calendar issue is this – people who are selling their home in November and December, in the midst of the holiday season, are often selling because they have to. Buyers can take advantage of that scenario and cut a better deal on a home price later in the year.

Waiting until January and February can work in the home buyer’s favor, as well.

Data shows that U.S. home prices cost about 8.4% less in the first two months of the year than they do in July and August, in the midst of the busy summer selling season. That scenario also falls in the “have to sell” as opposed to “want to sell” home seller equation.

When Inventories Are High

Another great time to buy a home is when there are plenty of homes available on the market, and home sellers need to be price competitive to sell their homes and get them off the market.

Usually home inventories are heaviest in the spring and summer selling seasons, where plenty of families put their homes on the market because foot traffic is heavy and because buyers want to move in before Labor Day, and get their kids ready for school.

Data shows that the highest month for home-for-sale inventories is May, followed by April and June. The months with the lowest inventories are December, November and January, in that order.

Again, you might be able to strike a great deal in the winter months, as owners are more likely to have to sell their homes. But the data shows there are more homes on the market, and more competition on price, in the spring and summer seasons.

The bottom line is to weigh out the pros and cons for your individual situation because all of us have different situations. If you would like assistance in helping you make the decision feel free to reach out to me so we can chat 510.689.3859. I can assist with your home purchase around the world.

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