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Tenant Snow Removal

Tenant Snow Removal

While a tenant may be responsible for shoveling as part of your lease or rental agreement with them, it will still be your obligation as owner to make sure that all snow removal is being completed in accordance with the city ordinance. If it isn’t, the city may perform the task and send you the bill! 
 
TIP: Make a similar process a part of your lease agreement! Include specifics on the tenant snow removal is to performed, and stipulate that if those conditions aren’t met that you as owner may do the removal with a charge back to the tenant.
 
Need help with your lease or rental agreement paperwork? EZ Landlord Forms is a helpful resource to check out with some free options.
 

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Heat in Winter

Heat in Winter

If you own a vacant property, remember to take steps in winter to maintain heat in the house or winterize the house prior to temperatures falling below freezing. If you’re moving out of a house over some period of days or weeks, remember to maintain the heat as you begin to spend less time at the house. Smart thermostats may allow you to monitor the heat remotely until you disconnect wi-fi services to the house. If you’re selling as-is to an investor, ask them if they’re able to check in every 1-2 days during winter while the house is unoccupied to make sure the heat is on. They might also be willing to help winterize the house once you no longer need to use the water, bathroom or furnace. 
Smart Thermostats are getting more popular and affordable. Check out this article on different smart thermostat brands & reviews from cnet.com.

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Money At Closing

Money At Closing

Sellers typically have two choices on how to receive their money at closing: title company check or wire transfer. Even if a buyer is paying cash, the title company performing the closing won’t have a bag of money at the table. A title company check works much like a regular check that you’ll bring to your bank and deposit with the funds usually being available in 2-3 days. A wire transfer typically costs a fee to have sent but has the advantage of delivering the funds into your account for immediate or next day use. If you’re getting a wire transfer, remember to work face to face with your bank and the title company to avoid any frauds or scams that are commonly initiated via scam emails.
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Price Reduction Vs. Re-list at a New Price

Price Reduction Vs. Re-list at a New Price

Most data suggests that if a house is not selling it’s because it’s priced too high. Certainly a price decrease usually makes the house affordable to more buyers. Whether you’re buying or selling, be aware that there are several strategies that may be employed when a house price is being decreased. A seller and a seller’s agent may decide to simply reduce the price on the existing listing. This has the benefit of being completely transparent and visible to buyers and buyer’s agents who may be tracking the home as part of their ongoing search. But unless the price drop is very significant (think over $10k), a listing that’s been on the market more than a few weeks may be stigmatized in the minds of some who think there must be something wrong with the house or it would have been sold already.

Canceling the existing listing and relisting the house at the new reduced price is a strategy that some may consider deceptive or misleading. But the reality is that the information on the house being listed previously is out there for those that dig for it, and the benefit of being a new listing at a reduced price is that’ll appear at the top of buyer’s radars who may be looking. That sort of immediate impact is often what it takes to get new attention regarding a new price in today’s work.

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Prep for Inspection – Seller’s Side

Prep for Inspection – Seller’s Side

Once you’ve reached an agreement with a buyer on a house you’re selling, you may be tempted to pat yourself on the back and consider the mission complete. Don’t! Unless you’re selling to a cash investor closing in a few days, remember there’s likely a buyer’s inspection that’s been negotiated and will occur within a week of the agreement being signed. That’s an opportunity for the buyer to have a professional inspector review the house, but also the buyer’s opportunity to spend another 2-3 hours in the home. Sellers should maintain or even improve on the home’s cleanliness. Set or program the temperature to be comfortable during the time of the inspection. You may consider accomplishing small chores like putting in window screens if appropriate for the season, touching up paint in areas that you were meaning to, making sure that all the light bulbs work and that there’s a neutral or pleasant smell in the kitchen during the time of the inspection. Typically an inspection contingency allows a buyer to cancel for any reason. It doesn’t have to be a health and safety issue. So continue to try to impress with the home’s showing condition. It’ll help you’ll feel satisfied that you made the extra effort, no matter what occurs.
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Donating Items When Selling Your House

Donating Items When Selling Your House

There are many ways in which you can attempt to donate unwanted items when selling your house. The easiest way is usually the one in which you gather up and drive the items to a donation center operated by an organization such as Goodwill. Other organizations such as the Epilepsy Foundation may come to your house and help move out and load larger items such as wood furniture onto their trucks, but you’ll have to make an appointment first and be at home when they come. It may be the most work, but also the most rewarding to consider connecting with your own circle of family and friends about the items you’re parting ways with to see if any can be of use to them. Pictures and a short description will likely be needed for them to determine interest but those people in your personal life are often the most appreciate of the opportunity to find their own treasures in what you were considering leaving behind.
Here are some helpful links if you’re looking to donate items:
 
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Please Remove Shoes

Please Remove Shoes

Whether you’re listing your house, selling as-is, or an investor working on a rehab property, at some point you may not want anyone walking through the house with their shoes on. Especially during periods or rain or snow, outside shoes can track dirt, mud and moisture into the house and damage existing or new flooring, especially carpet. Post a sign for people to remove their shoes if you’d like to them to, and leave a rug or mat out for them to be placed on. If there are areas of the house that require foot wear, or if it’s summer and some people may not be wearing socks, consider buying an inexpensive box of paper booties for people to slip over their shoes.
Looking for some cute signs? Check out Etsy.
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Putting Your Garage To Use

Putting Your Garage To Use

Even sellers planning to list their house may decide to utilize their garage as a moving staging area or storage unit and park vehicles outside or on the street. While that’s not ideal, the garage is typically an area of less concern for any buyer viewing the house whether they are looking for a new home or a rehab project. In an as-is sale situation, the buyer may be willing to give you time after closing or an agreed possession date for the house to continue to retrieve things that you plan to keep that have been moved out to the garage. Ask about that possibility if you think you need it, but keep in mind that they may need to place a dumpster in the driveway in order to begin the rehab planned fo the house interior.

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Inspection Required

Inspection Required

Even if you plan to sell your house as-is, some cities may require that a point of sale inspection be completed. Make sure you consider that when finalizing the agreement to sell your house. The cost of the inspection could be seller or buyer paid, and that should be clearly understood by both parties. Most likely the buyer will be able to take on the responsibility for any city required repairs but that should also be part of any agreement and any documents formalizing that agreement signed at closing.
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Leftovers

Leftovers

Don’t feel bad! Many homeowners start home improvement projects they ultimately aren’t able to finish. When you make the decision to sell your house as-is, the pressure to complete that work in progress goes away. If you’ve purchased materials that are still able to be returned you should do so, it’s safer to assume that the buyer will prefer to make their own project and product choices. You should let the buyer know up front and before signing the purchase agreement about anything that you’ve purchased that can’t be returned, especially more expensive items like windows, doors, and siding, as those may have value to the buyer and can get you a better price for the house. 
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HELPING YOU THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC

We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community, customers, and associates very seriously. Like you, we're closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. MN Gov Tim Walz’s Executive Order describes the real estate and construction fields as “critical” or “essential” services. While we take the health and safety of everyone seriously, we are open and available to help you through this challenging time.