If you’ve received an excellent offer for your home and you’re under contract then the last thing that you want is for a home inspection to derail the sale or cost you money.
Here are five tips to help make sure the home inspection process goes smoothly and that you are able to sell your home without making repairs or offering a buyer’s credit for the buyer to make the repairs after the sale is final.
- Prepare in Advance – The fact is that the best way to make sure you have a smooth home inspection as a seller is to double-check the mechanical systems and areas of your home which are commonly inspected. You can review a free home inspection checklist online to get an idea of what areas of your home will be under scrutiny, and then address any items you know will be an issue in advance. It’s often much cheaper to do this than to give the other party items to negotiate after the inspection.
- Keep it Clean & Repaired – You’ve probably already done this if you’ve listed your home, but eliminating any signs of deferred maintenance will help put the inspector’s mind at ease and allow him to go through his inspection expecting items to work properly, rather than looking for problems. Simple things like cleaning your mechanical systems, having some of your appliances serviced, etc. will help ensure that if there are issues there aren’t many of them.
- Use a Volt Meter to Test – Every inspector is going to test outlets, wiring, junction boxes and certainly loose wires, so double-check this prior to inspection to make sure that everything is in order.
- Handrails and Railings – One common issue that comes up during inspections is handrails, railings and banisters which aren’t at the right height or don’t meet code. If you haven’t already checked these, give them a look.
- Exterior Double-Check – Make sure that the grading away from your home’s foundation meets code and if you have an issue with mildew on your home’s exterior, pick up an exterior bleach designed for your siding and give it a quick spray. This will make certain that the inspector’s trip around your home’s exterior is hassle-free.
Don’t let a bad home inspection derail your home sale from getting finalized, and don’t get stuck paying extra to accommodate a laundry list of items revealed by the home inspector. These 5 tips are an excellent start to make sure your home inspection goes smoothly.
November 12, 2016