The home inspection may be one of the most important steps of selling your home. It can open the door for hard negotiations and come with costly repairs if you haven’t properly prepared your home for what the inspector will find. In fact, the home inspection process is where a lot of hidden costs lie for sellers, but it could increase the resale value of your home in the long run. Here’s what you should know about avoiding home inspection nightmares.
Prep for the Inspection
Just like your SATs, there’s no such thing as being too prepared for the inspection process. Look at sample home inspection reports, and do a walk-through of your home. Look at everything from the roof to the foundation, make notes, and get quotes on the cost to fix anything that sticks out to you.
Have Your Documents Ready for the Inspection
You want to have the documents for all of the maintenance and repairs you’ve made to your home ready for the inspector. This not only helps the process move along smoothly, but it shows how well you’ve kept up your home over the years. It never hurts to make a good impression.
Consider a Pre-Inspection
If you like to be prepared and have the opportunity to fix any and all issues your problem may have, consider getting a pre-inspection done before the buyer’s inspector comes out. Not all inspectors will find the same issues, but it gives you a better idea of where to focus your efforts and funds to get your home sold.
Take Action on Simple Fixes
There are some simple projects you can take on that will help ensure your inspection goes smoothly. Replace light bulbs, change the furnace filter, and ensure that all doors open and close properly – this includes cabinet and closet doors. Have your fuse box clearly labeled with the area of your home the switch corresponds to, and do your due diligence to check for any signs of leaks.
Taking these simple precautions can help you avoid being blindsided by what the home inspector finds and will help you close the deal on your home quickly. If you need help preparing for a home inspection or need some recommendations on who you can trust to take care of repairs, give the David Morris Group a call. We’re always happy to help and can be reached at (775) 828-3292 anytime.