Home Seller Tips ~ Home Inspections 101: So you hired a real estate agent, listed your home for sale, found a buyer, and accepted a purchase agreement in writing. The sale of your home is almost a done deal, but you still have to make it through the home inspection. In a typical real estate transaction, the home inspection occurs within 7 to 10 days after all parties have signed the purchase agreement. Most home buyers choose to make the purchase agreement contingent on the results of the home inspection, meaning that they can back out of the sale if the inspector finds something that is not to their liking and the seller is unwilling to repair it or agrees to lower the purchase price to compensate for it.
As a seller, you’re going to want the home inspection to go as smoothly as possible, with little to no major issues detected. This is why sellers should always prepare for a home inspection in advance. This will go a long way in preventing future problems and to keep the ball rolling towards the successful closing of your property.
First, what does a Home Inspection include? During the inspection, properties are examined top to bottom, with emphasis placed on evaluating the roof, walls, windows, appliances, foundation, plumbing system, electrical system, and HVAC system. Inspectors will also check the operation of installed systems, such as garbage disposals and fire/smoke & carbon monoxide detectors, as well as for leaks, mold, mildew, and other signs of water damage.
Often the buyer/s and their real estate agent will accompany the home inspector, and buyers usually feel uncomfortable asking questions if the owner is present. Try to schedule a time for the inspection when you can be out of the house for 3 to 4 hours, and take the children with you. Crate your pets if you cannot remove them from the premises.
Seller Tips to Prepare for a Home Inspection:
- If home is vacant, leave utilities on and pilot lights lit.
- Make sure electrical sockets, light fixtures, switches and fans work (leave remote controls if applicable).
- Confirm smoke and carbon monoxide detectors operate.
- Check that faucets and toilets run properly and don’t leak.
- Clean stove and oven so they won’t smoke and set off alarm when tested.
- Verify doors and windows open and close and all hardware works.
- Clear obstructions around electrical panel, furnace, water heater and attic access.
- Provide access to attic and garage.
- Leave keys for outbuildings and exterior electrical boxes.
- Remove brush and debris from exterior inspection points.
- Gather documentation for renovations or repairs that have been made.
- Provide sketch showing location of septic tank and well if applicable.
- Remove or crate pets.
- Plan to be away for three hours minimum.
- Consider having home pre-inspected so you can fix problems before the official inspection.
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