Most of what you mention as needing done is considered minor repairs. I would go ahead and do them before listing your home. The buyers have a wide variety of homes to choose from in all states of repair and disrepair. The ones that are selling here are the ones that are basically "move in" ready. I would probably leave the shed, unless its totally falling down and put in the listing that you would be willing to remove it, if the potential buyers do not want it. All other items you mentioned should be done. Also unless the walls you are touching up were very recently painted you should probably go ahead and totally paint. For the cost of a few gallons of paint and some time, you could potentially save at least a thousand or more on the sales price. Good luck!... more
Yes, there are several options for you. You should meet with a lender to discuss which one may be the right one for you.
Some examples would be to do a Home Equity Line of Credit on your current home for enough cash to cover 20% or more down on your new home. You can also talk to a lender about doing a Bridge Loan which would potentially encumber both homes until the current home is sold.
You should find out which program is best for you well in advance of listing your current home for sale as some home loans are not available if you are on the market.... more
Is the property listed with an agent--if so any local agent can help you--if the property is not listed for sale, consider writing a quick note explaining your intentions and mail it to the address or try knocking on the door and asking.... more
I am a realtor in Southern Indiana and will be glad to try & help you find something on contract.
I just closed Monday on one. We have listings in Brownstown in our mls.
Coldwell Banker McMahan
New Albany, IN 47150... more
On the contrary, since the market is so challenging right now, I don't think you'd have any issue getting a realtor to establish a relationship with you. They are hoping that when you do decide to sell, that you'll call them first. The issue is, "will you get a good realtor to give you good advice?".
Remember, unless you're going to do the work yourself, nothing you can do today will payoff for more than the cost you're going to pay someone to do the work for you. Even the most desirable remodel, a kitchen, pays only 90% of the cost. If you're going to do things around the house, then put your own effort into it to get a big payback, and if you're going to pay someone else to do the work, then do it because you want to enjoy it, not because you can make money off of it.