When you are selling your home, it's not uncommon to undergo a home inspection. In fact, the National Association of REALTORS® reports Realtors recommend home buyers request a home inspection is perfermed 99 percent of the time. In a joint study, the American Society of Home Inspectors and the National Association of REALTORS® discovered that 84 percent of all homes sold in the United States underwent intense inspections before the sale was finalized. In some cases, banks insist on the inspection before approving a loan, in other situations, the buyer simply followed the advice of their real estate agent.
On the surface, it seems like home inspections only benefit home buyers. Based on the results of the inspection, they determine how much they should offer for the property, whether they should have the owner make repairs before committing to the property and if they're capable of providing the home with its immediate maintenance needs. In reality, the inspection also benefits the seller. Paying attention to the results of the home inspection provides the seller with knowledge about how they can better maintain their next home and prepare it for an eventual sale.
What Home Inspectors Inspect
The purpose of the home inspector is to take a deeper look at the house and discover if it has any issues. Features professional inspectors look at include:
When selling a house, there are several things you can do to make the inspection go smoothly.
Clean the House
Since you're in the process of selling a house, the chances are pretty good that a great deal of clutter has already been removed, but before the inspector comes, you'll want to make it very easy for them to go through your home. Prepping your home for the inspection includes:
Before the inspection, check the light bulbs. You don't want a burned out or lose bulb giving the inspector the idea that there's a wiring problem.
If you keep things like control panels and utility sheds locked, either unlock them prior to the inspector's arrival or provide them with keys.
Having the house ready the moment the inspector knocks on your door, not only makes their job easier and decreases the length of time they're in the home and disrupting your daily routine.
Have Maintenance Records Ready
Access to maintenance records simplifies the home inspector's job. They know what problems the home has done and what you've done to correct the issue. The documentation you should provide includes insurance claims, utility bills, reports from the inspection you had when you purchased the house, and maintenance reports. When you arrange a time for the inspector to come to the house, ask if there's any specific documentation they'd like.
Vacate Your Home
Technically, there's nothing that says you can't be home while the home inspector is in your house, but it's generally advised that you take the opportunity to go to the park, meet friends for coffee, or even check out properties you're interested in buying. People who stayed home during the inspection found staying out of the inspector's way during the inspection difficult and that the inspection made them anxious.
Arrange for household pets to stay somewhere else during the inspection.
Contact our REALTORS® at Watkins Realty & Associates when you're ready to list your home. We can walk you through the essentials of selling.