Home Inspection

Home Sellers: For Your Protection Get a Home Inspection

Every real estate transaction should have a home inspection as one of the many contingencies built into the real estate contract. This is for the buyers protection and the sellers as well. The home inspection is a relatively simple process where a qualified home inspector conducts a thorough inspection of the home. The inspector tests various systems, all appliances and other components. He will determine all are in working order and point out any potential safety hazards or issues. For the seller, a home inspection and its results can be the difference between solidifying a sale or putting the home back on the market. This adverse situation can easily be avoided by having a home inspection before the home is put on the market. The process is often much easier than many realize and the outcome will help the seller get his home in tip top condition.

Contact a qualified home inspector
Your real estate agent can provide several choices for qualified home inspectors or you can look in the phone book or on the internet. Before you make a choice, make sure to check out the certifications and qualifications of all your potential home inspectors and don’t forget to inquire on price as well. Some states require home inspectors to be licensed while others do not. In some cases, home inspectors were former contractors or have attended classes specifically for home inspectors. Research your state requirements so you can compare qualifications.
Schedule the Inspection
Schedule your home inspection at a time when you are available to accompany the inspection and have time after to discuss possible remedies to any safety issues. Most home inspections can take several hours. The inspector will run the air conditioner and heater, dishwasher and other appliances, check the attic the basement and roof. He’ll mainly be looking for safety issues but will also make the seller aware of any needed repairs. Once the inspection is complete the inspector will go over his findings and give his recommendations.
What to Fix
Once the inspector has concluded his investigation and reviewed his findings, it’s now time to decide what repairs should be made. Of course safety issues should always be addressed. Safety issues are not only a big concern for the buyer but if problems arise later a seller that has made the necessary repairs to insure these items are working correctly will have fewer problems later. If other repairs are noted by the inspector these should be considered as well. Think about how the buyer will view these repairs; is it something that should obviously be fixed? In regards to minor and even major repairs its always best to fix something rather than leave it for the buyer. If the seller can put himself in the buyers shoes, the different perspective may enlighten him on the expectations of the buyer.
Having a home inspection prior to listing your home is a smart move. It provides valuable information about the working order of the home and lets the homeowner make necessary repairs before a buyer has made an offer. The stress involved is minimal compared with a buyer requesting specific repairs. When a buyer does make an offer, the home inspection results will tell the buyer the home has been well cared for and in good condition.