Sellers:  Top 10 Tips for a Smooth Inspection

Sellers: Top 10 Tips for a Smooth Inspection

Sure, the buyer wants the home inspection to go smoothly, but the seller has a vested interest in that outcome as well.  Here are  the Top 10 Tips for a seller to facilitate the best possible outcome. Remember, a successful inspection is the first step to a problem-free, on-time closing.

  1. Confirm that water, electric and gas service are on, with gas pilot lights burning.
  2. Ensure pets won’t hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from premises or secured outside. If they must stay home, be sure to tell your agent!
  3. Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a “light is inoperable” report, which may suggest an electrical problem.
  4. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
  5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
  6. Remove stored items, debris and wood from foundation, which may be cited as “conducive conditions” for termites.
  7. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics, and crawl spaces.
  8. Unlock areas the inspector must access — attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates, and crawl spaces.
  9. Trim tree limbs to 10 feet from the roof and shrubs from the house to allow access.
  10. Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks/latches, windowpanes, screens, gutters, downspouts, and chimney caps. These seemingly minor items can cause a buyer to think other, more important and expensive maintenance has also been deferred.

Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Your real estate agent will thank you!

To learn more about what is going to take place when the inspector comes to your home, check out What to Expect When We’re Inspecting.


Eight Reasons You Should Have a Home Inspection BEFORE Listing

Eight Reasons You Should Have a Home Inspection BEFORE Listing

Eventually, your buyers are going to conduct an inspection before closing on your home. A smart seller finds out what to expect from that inspection. How? By getting there first with a pre-listing home inspection.

How does a home inspection before listing help sellers?

  1. First and foremost, you’ll see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party.
  2. It will help you price your home realistically.
  3. You’ll be able to make repairs ahead of time so defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks.
  4. You can help prevent Use and Occupancy Permit delays.
  5. An inspection before listing gives you time to get reasonably-priced contractors for repairs or make them yourself.
  6. A home inspection before listing may relieve a prospective buyer’s concerns or suspicions. Buyers without concerns are more likely to waive an inspection contingency.
  7. Adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement reduces your liability.
  8. The inspector may find items that need immediate attention. Examples include radon gas or active termite infestation. You must address these concerns for the safety of your family and visitors to your home.

You should make copies of the inspection report and receipts for any repairs available to potential buyers.

Getting a home inspection before listing your house will pay off when it comes time to close. Contact 3-D Home Inspection today to find out more about why home inspections are not just for buyers anymore.

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