|Home Sellers, Be Prepared for a Buyer's Home Inspection
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After making a winning home offer, most buyers will want a home inspection before closing the deal. A third party examining your home for potential problems can be nerve-wrackingóespecially since the sale of your home depends on the outcome. If youíre anxious about the home inspection process, here are some things to know:
It Helps to Understand the Process
Home inspections can take up to three hours to complete. You have the ability to set up the appointment with the homebuyer and inspector at a time that fits your schedule. View the inspection as a presentation of your home. Take time to ensure your house is clean, decluttered, and well cared for. You donítóand shouldnítóneed to be a part of the inspection process.
Transparency Is Key
Itís unlikely that a well-qualified inspector will miss something thatís not working or damaged. And if a seller is hiding one thing, thereís a risk that they are hiding more. The best approach is to be upfront about any concerns at the time of selling the home. Provide any insight or paperwork you have about the age of the major systems of the house (roof, HVAC, water heater, etc.).
Everything Should Work, Even the Lightbulbs
Home inspectors need to be able to tell the prospective buyer the homeís condition. If they can see that something is working properly, they donít have to investigate it. In other words, make sure everything is in working condition. Change nonworking lightbulbs, and check that all electrical outlets are functional.
Resolve Issues Before the Home Inspection
Fixing problems will reduce the risk of a holdup with the contract and sale. If there is a missing handrail, replace it. Scrape off old, chipped paint and paint over it so there isnít the need for a lead test. Fixing or replacing nonworking appliances helps avoid questions of why they arenít working and whether thereís a larger underlying issue.
Make Areas Accessible
There shouldnít be any area thatís inaccessible, such as a closet, attic door, or rooftop. Youíll also want to be sure they can access electrical panels both inside and outside the home. Make it as easy as possible for the inspector to determine the homeís condition.
The goal of a home inspection is to give buyers peace of mind about their home purchase. Being prepared will help the process go smoothly. For more information about what to expect during a home inspection, please contact me.