Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Seller’s guide to home inspections

As a seller, especially if you are a first time seller, home inspections can be daunting as you never know what the outcome would be and what impact that would have on the sale price. As a seller, you are bound to be slightly biased and think that your house is in better condition than it actually is. That being said, no buyer wants to purchase a house with defects and issues and so they are going to need a detailed and honest inspection.

For the inexperienced sellers, here is how the home inspection process works:

  • The buyer places a contingent offer which the seller accepts, contingent to the house passing a certified inspection.
  • The inspection will be set for an agreed time and could last anywhere between three to five hours, depending on the size of the house.
  • Inspection is done for both the interior and exterior of the house.
  • Normal wear and tear of the house are expected and accepted if the house is a little old. The inspector is concerned with any serious issues that are a hindrance to the safety, functionality or appearance of the house.

Preparing for a home inspection
Although the upkeep of the house would depend on how it has been maintained over the years, there are a few things you can do to ensure the inspection goes smoothly for you:

Mold and mildew – This immediately attracts the attention of the inspector so you might want to get rid of any mold in the house. Check the basement and any small spaces to ensure there is no mold or mildew that the inspector could lay his eyes on

Electrical appliances – Fix any electrical item which is not working in the house like the light bulbs or fans. Ensure there are no visible cords hanging from the light fixtures. This will increase your chances of getting a favorable result.

Plumbing – This is another important area. Check for any leaks or see pages in the house. The inspector will be on the lookout for any moisture stains, the water pressure, and drainage. So ensure there are no drainage issues as well.

Clean the house – This should be a no-brainer. Make sure you hire a cleaning professional to clean the place thoroughly, as a dirty house is only going to leave a negative impact. Show the inspector and buyer that you really care for the house and have taken efforts to maintain it well.
Keeping in mind these simple things will help you get a more favorable report and hence a better price for your house.