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How to Get Ready for a Home Inspection

Thursday, April 11, 2019   /   by Christian Robinson

How to Get Ready for a Home Inspection

Deciding to sell your house is often easier said than done. The hardest part is actually getting your home for sale. You are mostly getting ready for inspections made by the buyer. 

The inspection report is a huge obstacle in ensuring your home sells. I recommend that for my sellers to complete a pre-inspection before your home goes live and a buyer walks through.

I know. I know. I get it. Look, you don't really want to learn that there’s a leak in your roof and that your electrical panel needs updating after all that hard work you did preparing your home for sale and getting a buyer.

No, you really need to have known what was going on with your roof beforehand. That allows you to handle it. 

A pre-inspection gives you a heads-up and a head start on what a buyer will discover and possibly want you to fix and update. 

It's still up to you whether or not you fix those items. Look, you may decide not to do needed repairs, but your selling price may need to reflect that.

Other Reasons to complete a pre-inspection

You're Upfront: Doing a pre-inspection sends a clear message to a buyer that you’re not trying to hide anything. Selling a home this way gives you a more powerful position.  Even if a potential buyer decides to pay for another independent inspection, your initiative will convey that you’ve cared for your home. 

It’s a negotiating strategy: Having a thorough inspection of your home keeps you from being caught up by a major issue in a buyer’s inspection. It allows you to know when to stand firm on price and when you might need to give a bit. For example, if you know your home will need a new furnace in a few years and you chose not to replace it, It may be ok to give a little wiggle on price.  Knowing helps you stand firm on your price and your value as a home on the market.

What do home inspectors check?

Appliances: They’ll check to see if the appliances that’s are in good working order. Things like your stove, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer, garage door, and water heater.

Systems: Expect a home inspector to check your home’s most expensive systems. That's including electrical, gas, and heating and cooling systems.

Structural features: They’ll look for any issues with the roof, garage, attic, crawl space, siding, windows, or doors.

Your home inspection will include a detailed check of all windows and doors.

Now that you have a complete rundown. Be sure to check out my checklist on how to handle it. It's a free pdf document. This tool is useful in helping you prepare for the home inspection. It will tell you which items to check and why.

Take a few steps on your own to ensure a smooth inspection. If there’s anything on the checklist that you're not comfortable with, call a professional.

Preparing for a home inspection: If you'd like a do-it-yourself checklist for sellers, Email me at chris@spokanehaven.com.  Use the Subject line "Checklist For Inspection" 

If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out.
Christian Robinson

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