It is a fact of life that no one gets out of this life alive. It is also a fact of real estate that people who own homes die and very often those homes have to be sold. As a Portola Valley Probate real estate agent I deal with this situation all the time.
Most of the time when a home is sold through probate the owner who died either lived in the home at the time of death, or until shortly before death and now it is time to sell that San Jose probate home. The heirs are often left with a Portola Valley Probate home that is filled with junk (and sometimes some treasures); may have smells from pets, smoking, urine, blood stains, over grown landscaping, and many layers of dirt.
This Portola Valley Probate Sale home may also need a lot of repairs, but that is another story. Most Probate lawyers will advise the Personal Representative of the estate who is in charge of selling the San Jose Probate home not to make any repairs unless there is a health or safety issue. This is to minimize the liability to the estate.
However, even if no structural repairs are going to be made that doesn't mean you should just sell the home in a smelly, messy, or gross state. There are things that can be done to the Portola Valley Probate Sale home that will not increase the liability to the estate and make it much more attractive to a potential buyer, which should help generate a better offer.
These are the essentials to get the most for your money:
1. Remove all personal debris
2. Paint inside and out
3. Refinish hardwood floors and/or replace old carpet
4. Get the home professionally cleaned
5. Stage the home to make it look as attractive as possible.
If you do these things to your Portola Valley Probate home , you will be rewarded with grateful buyers who are willing to pay top dollar for your home.
If you have any questions about selling a home in Probate in Portola Valley please feel free to contact me: