Looking for a house? That’s great! Before you make an offer on a property, think about selling it.

Sounds crazy, right? You haven’t even bought the place, and maybe you expect to live in the house forever. But thinking through how you’d market a property is an easy way to determine how comfortable you are with its pros and cons.

Here are some examples:

1. Ignorance might not be bliss
Maybe you’re dying to get into a neighborhood and have been searching for months for a place you can afford within its boundaries. Then you come across the perfect place – well, perfect except for that stain on the wall in the bathroom and crack in the kitchen counter. Does the stain mean water damage or a bad paint job? Did someone drop a heavy object on the counter, or is the foundation moving? You may be blinded by the location and willing to roll the dice that these aren’t serious issues, but would the next buyer?

2. It’s not that loud, right?
Potential problems with the structure aren’t the only things that scare aware potential buyers. The house could be next to the expressway or a busy railroad track. It might sit under the approach to the runway at a busy airport or back up to an entertainment district – and dumpsters being emptied at 4 a.m.

3. Wait … who can use the yard?
Some properties may have conditions attached to the lot. Maybe it’s an easement so the public utility can access lines that cross your property. Or the house could be on a street zoned for commercial development. Again, you might not care too much about the condition, but the next buyer may care a lot.

4. Know what you’re getting into
None of these examples automatically disqualify any property from your search. The point is to figure out whether an objectionable aspect of the property is a minor annoyance or a serious concern. If you’d be nervous about listing the house, do more research and let’s get together. I can help you assess these situations and sort through your options, even if that means moving on to the next house for sale.

Ready to buy or sell?

Let’s get started!

Pictured above: City meets nature in this thriving community! 226 Grass Market is a one-story, three-bed, two-bath Sitterle home in highly desirable Roseheart. Abundant natural light fills this open floor plan with high ceilings. Kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and gas cooking. Plantation shutters in master bedroom, large master bath with dual vanities, jetted soaking tub, separate shower and huge walk-in closet. Ceiling fans throughout the house.

Two spacious patios welcome you outdoors to enjoy a lush greenbelt view or to access miles of friendly walking trails. Bonus room with view of greenbelt is perfect as an office or gym, and has direct access to upper level deck. Wrought iron fence surrounds backyard with smart sprinkler system, shaded mature trees and soft landscape lighting. Water softening system (owned), security/fire system (owned), 2-year-old gas water heater, quick-light gas fireplace. Private atrium. Partially floored garage attic.

This meticulously maintained gated community includes pool, fitness center, tennis/sports courts, putting green, Clubhouse with planned activities, water features, picnic areas and gazebos.

Interested? Or do you know someone who might be? Please reach out! Let’s go see it!