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When you own a real estate investment, it is important to take care of it throughout the process. In fact, it is best if you have a plan in place for the time when you will sell the property. Having a plan will help to ensure that you stay on top of things that may be difficult to handle later. Follow these tips so that you are prepared when you sell your property.

Management Companies or Independent Contractors

It is important to maintain a good relationship with people who work for you from a management company to the landscaper. These people will lose a contract when your property sells and you want them to be on your side. Let them know that you will consider them in the future for another property and that you will recommend them to the buyer. That will keep them on your team throughout the sale.

Codes, Certifications, and Contracts

If your property isn’t up to code or is lacking mandatory certifications, the closing could be delayed until they are obtained. If there are any open contracts, you will need to buy them out or the buyer may be required to assume them. The best policy is to make sure that you take care of this before you decide to sell your property.

Condition

The condition of your property is what helps it to sell. You may want to keep your expenses low but you should make sure that the property looks nice from the street. Landscaping, well-placed lighting, and cleanliness will attract buyers. Inside the house, you want to clear out any clutter, touch up paint, and repair any noticeable blemishes in the walls or floors.

Improvements

If you are selling a property, you don’t want to do any major improvements such as replacing the roof or major appliances. These are very expensive items and you will not get the return on them if you are selling in the near term. In this case, you are better served to have allowances for the new owner to initiate these projects than you are to put the money in yourself.

Taxes

Keep in mind that when you sell a property, you will have possible tax consequences. A tax professional can help you determine how to handle this, whether it means investing in another property or deferring taxes to the future. A professional will have these answers so be sure to consult with one before you sell the property.