Think You’re Ready to Sell? Getting Ready for the Inspection…
So, you have hired a Realtor to sell your home, done the necessary things to get your home in order and the marketing plan your Realtor put together worked so well that you now have a contract on your home. This is perfect news but, you’re not out of the woods yet.
Even though this is your home and you have lived there for years and years, there are some things that a professional home inspector may find that the people buying your home will want addressed. This can be a stressful time during the home selling process because you have hurdled one thing and now you have the inspection. The great news is there are things you can do that will make it less likely for a problem to arise during the transaction.
Think about having a pre-inspection done. If your home is fairly new you can skip this step but, if you think there might be items you need to address, it could be advantageous to spend the $350 to hire a professional inspector. After you do this, you will have the comfort of knowing about the potential issues and can chose to address them before hand or not. You should however disclose any issues the inspector found to potential buyers and what you did to fix them.
Whether or not you chose to do a pre-inspection, chances are the buyers of your home will elect to have an inspection done. There are many things you can do to insure a smooth inspection. Below are a few ideas;
– Clean your home: This might seem silly and won’t make a difference if there is a major issue but it does give the inspector the impression that you love your home and take good care of it.
– Have paperwork on hand. Hopefully, you have been keeping a record of all repairs and maintenance to your home as this will be helpful to the inspector. If you had the unfortunate situation of having an insurance claim on your home, make sure you have those papers to show that you took care of the issue.
– Turn your lights on. Go around and make sure all the lights in your home are working properly, even in places you might not always enter.
– Get rid of the clutter. In the event you have already begun to prepare for your move, it will help the inspector if you clear the areas, especially those under sinks and around your appliances like your water heater or air conditioner.
The more prepared you are for this, the easier the process will be and the closing of your home will continue without any hiccups.
If you are thinking of selling your home or you would like a personalize market analysis of your residence contact Dustin at 239-289-2650 and find out what he’s doing to help clients sell their home faster and closer to list price than anyone else! If you are a buyer, let Dustin add value to your purchase by helping you find the right home, negotiating the best price and using his resources to make the entire transaction smooth and enjoyable.