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Home Inspection Tips

Home Inspection Tips

By: Tanya Torres


You might be thinking that selling your home will be extremely easy to do, but the sad fact is that there are a lot of things that can derail the sale. According to the National Association of Realtors, the number one thing that can halt your sale are home inspections and the results that come with them. By having a bad home inspection you might be facing a terminated contract or a long delay. If you’re worried about your home not selling and hitting a snag due to the results of the home inspection then we have some tips for you to help you get through this phase of the home selling process. 


To Pre-inspect or Not

When you have a pre-inspection, you are arranging to get your home inspected before you are initially listing it on the market. This is the time where you need to decide if you should have a pre-inspection done or to opt out of one. If you are still trying to figure out what works best for you then the best way to ensure you make a sale is to get a home inspection done ASAP. By getting a pre-inspection done right away, you will give yourself plenty of time to fix any issues that you come across during the inspection rather than waiting last minute and losing out on selling your home. 


Although getting a pre-inspection can be helpful, it can also bring some problems with it too. If your home turns out to have a lot of issues then you might end up spending unnecessary money that buyers might have been ok to deal with on their own. If you do end up having a pre-inspection done then you are legally required to disclose any issues that was uncovered during it. It is also important to leave out a copy of the inspection during showings to let your potential buyers know of any issues in the home. 


Don’t Hide Known Issues

If there are known issues in your home then being upfront and honest about them will not risk you the sale. But being dishonest and hiding them away can lose you the sale and it can actually be illegal especially if you had an inspection done prior to putting your home on the market. No one likes spending money on unnecessary things, but fixing your home is really important The faster you act on resolving any problems in your home, the easier it is to get through the home inspection and sell your home so you can be on your way to your new home. 


Effects of Prior Remodeling

Prior remodeling may seem like a great idea, especially if you’re interested in selling your home in the near future, but it can cause more problems than expected during home inspections. You may have thought that the remodel has added to your home and helped fix any problems, but once the inspector is there they might come across underlying issues that will add to the list and cost you a big chunk of change. Be weary when doing remodeling and make sure it is handled by professionals who are knowledgeable in those specific areas.


Get Familiar

Getting familiar with what the inspector looks for during the inspection will help you tremendously. Before you even set up the inspection, you can start looking around your home to see if there are any issues so you don’t feel caught off guard when the inspection finally comes around. Be on the lookout for any issues that can pose a threat to your safety and anything that can produce health issues. Look for any signs of water damage, damage to the roof, HVAC issues, problems with the electrical system, plumbing issues or anything that threatens the structure of the home. 


Decluttering is Your Best Friend

When you’re selling or buying a new home you will be hearing about decluttering more than you can imagine and it will drive you mad. Despite being annoyed with having to listen to a lot of decluttering advice, it is actually one of the best advice to follow, especially in this scenario. Decluttering is extremely beneficial no matter what situation you are in, and when you have a home inspection coming up then decluttering will make it that much easier for the inspector to find any underlying issues in your home. You want to make your home readily accessible in all areas so the inspector can get through everything in a timely manner. 


Keep Pets Away

Although our furry friends can be adorable and love all people, not everyone feels the same way about our pets as we do. Home inspectors need a tidy place that has no distractions to ensure they uncover any problems in your home and your furry baby might pose as a problem for them. It can prevent them from doing their job and it might even take them that much longer to get it done because they are having to scoot your pet away from them. Be sure to keep your pet in a bedroom, kennel or somewhere else during the inspection. 


Leave Your Home Operational

In order to have your home properly inspected, you will need to keep all your utilities (gas, water and electricity) on during the inspection. If your lights or fans work only with remotes then leave those in a place where the inspector can easily get to them to operate them. You need to make it as easy and fast as possible for the inspector to get through your home to guarantee everything was thoroughly looked at. 


Be Time Flexible

Home inspections typically take 2-4 hours for an average home and depending on the size of the home. Rushing a home inspector is not only rude but it will not help you at all in determining what you need to fix to get your home sold. Although it is known that the buyer’s agent and buyer can be at the home during the inspection, it is always best to have the seller leave the home to avoid getting in the way. Communicate with your agent to go over any problems that may have been uncovered and if you really feel the need to be there then you can go over the pros and cons of being present during an inspection. 


Trust Your Agent

Lastly, put your trust in your agent. Your agent has had plenty of experience to handle any type of home sale and can help you throughout it. Your real estate agent can help you understand all types of home maintenance issues that are known to occur in your area, create a list of what repairs should be done immediately and so on. They want the sale to happen as much as you do so why not work together and get it sold?


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