Darin and Christina Cunningham | Re/Max Elite
278 Franklin Road Suite 190 | Brentwood, TN 37027
Office: 615.661.4400 | Fax: 615.661.4115
Christina: 615.394.4168 | Darin: 615.456.4086

Seller’s Guide for a Home Inspection

The home inspection process is a big deal to the buyer. It helps the buyer determine if the house is in good enough condition to purchase. If you have any issues with the house as a seller, it is good to resolve them before the home inspection takes place. Very few buyers trust a home inspector from the seller’s side. Buyers believe their own inspector has their best interest at heart. As a seller, here are some tips to help you get ready for a home inspection:

Get an Inspection Done Beforehand

This is often the best way to avoid a situation where you accept an offer from the buyer and then the buyer walks away from your property and the deal due to problems with the house. Get a home inspection done prior to doing any renovations. Hold off the repairs or renovations until you get to know what to repair.

If you rush into repairs, chances are you can miss a lot that the inspector won’t miss. Get an inspector to inspect the house and give you a list of his recommendations. Get his advice on how to do the repairs and take that into consideration.

Do The Necessary Repairs

If you have the skills, you can do the repairs yourself, after your own private home inspection or you can always get help from a contractor. If you are not an expert it might be best hire a professional so you don’t end up making things worse.

To make the home sales process go smoother, handle all of the serious repairs before your property gets put on the market. It might make your property look undesirable if it sits on the market for too long.

What Do You Fix?

Structural defects, safety issues and building code violations are the most important things to fix.

Structural defects are any physical damage to the load bearing elements of the house like cracks in the foundation, decaying wooden floor boards or damaged roof framing.

Safety issues include wildlife infestation, mold or exposed electrical wiring. The home should meet certain safety standards depending on the building codes in your area. These sometimes vary depending on where you live

Building code violations may include the absence of smoke detectors, use of lead paint after 1978 and use of non-flame retardant roofing material. These types of issues should be addressed by the seller prior to a home inspection.

Make Sure the House Is Squeaky Clean

When the buyer’s home inspector arrives, he should find the house in good condition. You have no second chance to make a good first impression. Declutter and deep clean the house. Remove the trash and sanitize the garbage cans, clean the upholstery and the range hood too.

Leave The Utilities On and Remove Obstacles

You don’t have to be present in a home inspection, but the inspector may not be able to turn on the utilities due to insurance issues. Give the inspector clear access to everything including faucets, fireplaces, ceilings, electrical panels and attic space. Move your clothing if you have to.

Assemble All Your Paperwork

Transparency is sometimes helpful to the success of your house sale. If you do have work done on the house, keep all the invoices or summaries of maintenance, renovations and repairs done on the property. Share the documentation with the buyer for transparency if your realtor feels that is appropriate in your situation.

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