Monday, February 18, 2019 / by Sara Koenig
The first big hurdle that you might get nervous about as a seller is the home inspection. This can be very worry-some if you have repairs that are needing attention in your home.
However, as a seller, a lot of worry can be eliminated before you even list your home for sale....I'll share some of the most common items that come up in home inspections below and also some details around the entire process.
First the process and the computation of time...Here in Washington according to our contract the buyer typically has a ten day window to conduct a home inspection from the day of mutual acceptance (Day that both Seller and Buyer have signed and agreed to all terms). This period can be shortened or lengthened of course, but the average time frame is ten days.
The inspection is something that the buyer and most likely the buyer's agent will attend together. This is an opportunity for the buyer to learn about all of the systems in the home and also find out if there are any issues that may pose a health or safety risk.
Some easy fixes that can be attended to as a seller before listing could include:
Smoke detectors - Make sure batteries are new/replaced and they are in working order. These will be tested and if they are not working this is a safety issue.
Electrical plates - Replace any missing or broken outlet covers in your home. These are obviously a safety issue if they are broken or missing, so make sure that is done.
Hand Rails/Bannisters - Secure any lose or replace missing hand rails on stairs. Depending on the type of loan a buyer is using these might be required before appraisal.
Plumbing issues - Repair and replace any leaking plumbing fixtures. Double check below the kitchen sink and bathroom sinks for any leaks.
Garage Door - Double check the safety tripping feature and ensure it's working.
Service the HVAC - This item comes up alot. So, if you don't know the last time this has been done it's a good idea to have this done before listing and make sure they document the service date on the furnace.
Chipped or Peeling Paint - This can be an issue for buyer's using an FHA or a VA loan. So, if you want to be sure your home can receive any type of loan I suggest fixing this issue before you list.
As a seller, before you list be sure to ask your broker to walk through your home and point out any fixes that can be attended to before your listing goes live. This will give you a lot more confidence as your buyer schedules their inspection.
The less items that come up the better! The buyer's will appreciate that as a seller you have taken such good care of your home, and may not even ask for anything to be repaired at all! Best possible outcome!
Please post your questions or comments below! I am always happy to share insight for you!
Sara Koenig | Broker
509.939.5940 | Sara@Spokanehaven.com