When you sell your home, one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the process is waiting for the outcome of your home inspection. While the buyer is usually responsible for setting up and funding a home inspection, any significant issues found can blow up the sale of a home entirely or, at minimum, leave the seller on the hook for covering the cost of repairs.
If you’re getting ready to put your home on the market, here are a few helpful tips to ensure your property closes without a hitch.
Look Into A Pre-Inspection
The more prepared you are, the better. A pre-inspection of your home could speed things up by letting you disclose any issues to buyers. Staying transparent will make the process more pleasant for everyone. If you aren’t willing to opt for a full pre-inspection, you should at least consider having the major systems such as HVAC, plumbing, and electrical inspected, as they are very expensive to replace and having them inspected will provide peace of mind to potential buyers.
If you don’t want to pay anything to have your home pre-inspected, look into a home inspection checklist and ask your agent to help survey your home.
Make Things Easy
While a home inspection in no way hinges on the cosmetic state of your home, it’s never a bad idea to clean up the house and show the home inspector that you’re on top of everyday maintenance. Ensure that the inspector has access to every part of your home, including the garage, roof, attic, basement, under the sink, and electrical service panel. You should also make sure to be approachable for any questions or concerns they may have
List Any Improvements
If you’ve made any repairs to your home, let the inspector know and provide them with a list. It’s very helpful when you can provide information that can determine the age of certain systems.
On top of proof of upgrades, you should also prepare any paperwork on warranties and receipts with the date of purchase on items like HVAC, appliances, water heater, and any other essential systems.
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