The buyer's home inspection is often dreaded by sellers. Usually, fear is present because sellers are uncertain what will be inspected and what might pop up as an unknown issue. Even if the home's major systems have been diligently maintained surprises do happen, and wear and tear will show itself under the microscope of a thorough home inspection.
How can a seller prepare for this examination? Think of it as a test. If you, and your home, are adequately prepared the process will most likely end well with very few surprises. Depending on the age of the house there may be notations made about older electrical and plumbing systems. It is not necessary to upgrade every system in order to sell, unless there are major safety concerns which would limit the pool of available buyers for the property.
The inspector will test all outlets and run all faucets. If you're aware of a pesky drip or a non-working outlet it would be wise to correct the problem before the inspection. After all, your home is a very expensive purchase and taking care of the inexpensive repairs will result in a higher report score for your home.
Inspectors poke their head (and flashlight) into every available nook and cranny. They don't build a fire in the fireplace, but they do check the structure of it as well as the chimney. They check the roof, the heating and cooling systems and water heater. If your property is vacant the utilities need to on for the home inspection. All windows and doors will be opened and closed to make sure they function property. If any issues are beyond the scope of the inspector's expertise, further evaluation by a specialist in the field will be recommended.
The home inspection is a contingency of the sale. An accepted offer is only the beginning of the purchase process, there are still many hurdles to be cleared and the home inspection ranks high on the list. Engaging a handyman for a day or two to take care of the gate that doesn't latch and other small nuisance repairs prior to listing the property for sale will be rewarded with a cleaner home inspection. The same holds true for electrical and plumbing issues. Hiring professionals to cure small problems will bring you closer to your goal of selling the property. The buyer will be assured the decision to purchase your home was a wise choice, and will be inclined to move forward with the purchase.
- Norma (310) 493-8333
Photo: England 2010 --That thatched roof would be a challenge for California inspectors, not to mention a major fire hazard. :)
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