by Dave Koszegi
on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at 9:19am.
Finally - you’re on the final stretch of the selling process!
You’ve accepted an offer from a prospective buyer, and the next step is the home inspection - or perhaps you’re preparing one prior to. Because many deals are contingent upon the success of a home inspection, your buyers can use this as a basis on which to further negotiate with you. For those reasons, it’s in the best interest of your sale (and for your pockets!) if we take this step seriously.
When time is off the essence, you might feel pressure to take the first home inspector you meet, but it’s of utmost importance that you find a qualified, experienced professional.
When it comes time for your inspection, it's ideal to have a firm grip on all of the nuances, nooks, and crannies of your home. If you currently reside there or have access, you can go over this list prior to the inspection visit. And if your your home is vacant? As you know, when a home lies vacant - problems can arise! It could be anything from a small leak, to a major flood, or even an infestation. Moving out washing machines and disconnecting refrigerators can cause major problems.
To minimize the risk of losing money, or worse yet - the deal itself - the following items are things you should consider BEFORE the inspector visits your home:
It’s very important that your home inspector has clear access to things like your electric, furnace, hot water heater, A/C, basement, attic, and closets. Make it easy for them to reach under your skinks and anything else they will need to report on. Don’t forget to unlock any doors, too. A neat and accessible home will help everyone save time and money!
This one is often overlooked! Be sure to empty your washing machine, dry cleaner, dishwasher, and stove before your home inspector comes by. Not only is it polite, but it will be helpful in ensuring your inspection passes the grade (we don’t need the smoke alarm going off when they turn on and off your stove!).
Check Bulbs, Outlets, and Replace Furnace Air Filters
This might seem simple, but ensure all the light bulbs and outlets are working - otherwise, the inspector will examine for a potential electrical issue. While you’re at it, replace your furnace return air filters.
Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
You should have a smoke alarm on every level of your home, and at least one carbon monoxide detector in the sleeping area of your home. Be sure to test these before the inspector comes by.
If your home has any cracked windows or broken screens, you will likely want to repair them before the inspector comes. Even if it doesn’t bother you, it will show up on the report!
Go With the Flow
Flush your toilets to make sure these are all in working order! It’s a good time to ensure that the drains in your sink are not clogged, either.
Have Your Documentation Ready
Preparation is key! If you recently had something repaired, it is important that you maintain documentation of said repairs. If you bought your house only a few years ago, chances are you still have a copy of your old home inspection from purchase. It’s our suggestion that you have these at the ready in a separate folder.
Full Disclosure Is Key
Working backwards though, if you know of anything awry or potentially hazardous in your home, you must disclose this in the beginning of the selling process.
These are just a few sure-fire tips to help ensure an efficient, successful home inspection.
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