Inherited House Preparation

House Renovation Project

Preparing an inherited house for sale involves several steps to maximize its appeal and market value. Here’s a guide:

Legal and Financial Considerations:

Probate Process:

      • Ensure that the property has gone through the probate process and that all legal requirements have been met.

Title Clearance:

      • Verify that the title is clear and there are no liens or encumbrances on the property.

Professional Appraisal:

      • Hire a professional appraiser to determine the current market value of the property.

Clean and Declutter:

      • Remove personal belongings and clutter to make the house appear more spacious and allow potential buyers to envision their own belongings in the space.

Minor Repairs and Maintenance:

      • Address minor repairs such as leaky faucets, peeling paint, or loose doorknobs.
      • Ensure that all systems (plumbing, electrical, HVAC) are in good working condition.

Deep Cleaning:

      • Clean carpets, windows, and other surfaces to present a well-maintained and appealing home.

Curb Appeal:

      • Enhance the exterior by mowing the lawn, trimming bushes, and adding some flowers or potted plants.

Neutralize Décor:

      • Consider repainting in neutral tones to appeal to a broader range of potential buyers.

Professional Staging:

      • Hire a professional stager to arrange furniture and décor in a way that highlights the property’s strengths and minimizes its weaknesses.


      • Invest in professional photography to showcase the property online, as many buyers start their search on the internet.

Market Strategically:

      • Work with a real estate agent to develop a marketing strategy, including online listings, open houses, and other promotional efforts.

Disclose Information:

      • Be transparent about the property’s condition, any known issues, and repairs or improvements made. Working with  Certified Probate Specialist will guide you through the disclosure process.

Legal Documentation:

      • Have all necessary legal documents ready, including the deed, title insurance, and any relevant disclosures required by law.

Home Inspection:

      • Consider getting a pre-listing home inspection to identify and address potential issues before they become a concern for potential buyers.

Set a Competitive Price:

      • Work with your real estate agent to set a competitive and realistic listing price based on the current market conditions and the property’s features.

By addressing these aspects, you increase the chances of attracting potential buyers and achieving a successful sale of the inherited house. Working with real estate professionals can provide valuable guidance throughout the process.


Probate Made Easy

Unless your loved one puts their estate into a living trust or similar legal arrangement, the fact of the matter is that their assets will likely need to pass through probate when they die. Probate is a complicated, and usually lengthy, court process where assets are sold or distributed and any outstanding debts against the estate are settled. If your loved one has left behind property that needs to pass through probate, a certified probate real estate specialist can be a valuable partner in the process. Here’s a look at what this specific type of real estate professional does and how they can help as you navigate your loved one’s estate.

Disposing of an estate’s assets in an equitable and tax efficient manner is best done with the guidance and insight of a financial advisor.

What Is a Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist?

A certified probate real estate specialist, or CPRES, is a real estate professional who has completed an educational certification program centered around the probate process. This individual specializes in helping families navigate the estate process after a relative or other benefactor passes away.

What a Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist Does


So, what exactly is a certified probate real estate specialist’s role? A CPRES is trained to help you navigate through the probate court system. This includes monitoring legal deadlines and ensuring that they are not missed. He or she will also offer guidance on the complicated legal steps and documentation that are required as part of the probate process. They can also minimize the potential for disputes between heirs.

In addition to guiding you through the paperwork and other aspects of probate court, your CPRES can also recommend inspectors, appraisers, contractors and

other professionals. This ensures that the passed-down property is accurately appraised, necessary repairs are made and that it is prepared to go on the market.

A CPRES-designated realtor will also walk you through every step of the marketing, negotiation, sale and escrow processes. They can help you market, sell and manage the proceeds from an estate-passed property as per the probate court’s rules. They also ensure that the sale of the property is as successful as possible.

Your CPRES will maintain communication among all heirs, minimizing conflict and making an already emotional process easier for all involved.

The Bottom Line

If you are the beneficiary of property assets that need to pass through probate, CPRES can help guide you along the way. These professionals are real estate agents who hold special certifications and are experts at probate court requirements. They also have the knowledge and understanding to help prep, market and sell the property in question. CPRES professionals can answer questions you have about probate and offer support, guidance and trusted advice along the way.

A CPRES isn’t the only professional who can guide you through a probate property sale. However, this prestigious designation often means that you have a well-versed and knowledgeable partner throughout the process.

Certified Probate Specialist 

As a Certified Probate & Trust Specialist you can rest assured that as a Real estate professional, I have the understanding of the Probate transaction and can represent sellers or buyers in probate transactions, as well as investors looking to purchase probate properties. 

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