As a seller, you’d normally start to fidget when it’s time for the home inspection. You’ve been on top of your game all along from pre-appraisals to negotiations and purchase agreements. But you’re nowhere. You don’t want the deal to fall through neither do you want to be placed with the costs of repairs if the buyer requests them as a contingency.
Mostly, the home inspection happens once the buyer has signed a purchase agreement. The buyer most times chooses to make the closing dependent on the results of the home inspection. You would want the home inspection to go well with little to no major issues detected.
The buyer comes along with or sends a home inspector to represent his interests. A home inspector is a specially trained professional that spots defects and reports them to the buyer to influence his decision concerning the purchase.
During the inspection, the professional checks everything in sight. He evaluates the roof, walls, foundation, plumbing system, electrical system, and HVAC system. He also checks the working conditions of systems like garbage disposals and carbon monoxide detectors. He checks for leaks, mold, mildew, and other signs of damage in the water transmission. He is thorough and it can be scary to the seller who may be trying to conceal certain aspects of the property that may need repairs
Below are some of the things a homeowner is to keep in mind when having an inspection.
As a homeowner, you have to stay prepared. You should have set everything in place to give that perfect outlook to your house. To make sure things run smoothly, go through this list of the most common inspection repairs. Compare this list to what’s applicable for your house. Also, be sure to keep all utilities on. Grant access to all areas and systems all through the house. This way you could find some faults you never knew existed and correct before the inspector’s arrival.
Unlock all gates and electrical boxes that are normally locked. Get yourself in the waiting room with a two-hour space before the inspector’s arrival. They always arrive early from popular experience. Let your family vacate the house before the inspector’s arrival.
Keep The Whole Place Clean
Maintain the same level of cleanliness for the home inspector as you did before photos were taken for a listing. While the cleanliness of your place will not cover for faults and repair spots sighted by the inspector, it sure has a part to play in sending the right message. A dirty or messy outlook, at first sight, may convince the inspector that there surely exist places around the premises that may have faults. He would then increase the level of scrutiny which may be bad for you.
Replace Blown Bulbs And Repair Faulty Cabinets
When a blown bulb is not replaced, the inspector could assume that there is a fault somewhere in the electrical wiring which could be the result of the bulb not being replaceable. Don’t give him such an idea. Make sure all the bulbs are fixed and are lighting.
Also, when the hinges on cabinets loosen up the doors won’t close correctly, make sure to tighten up the hinges with a screwdriver prior to the day of inspection.
Fix Toilet Faults and Correct Leaks and Water Damage
Fix running toilet issues before the day of inspection. As easy and inexpensive a repair it seems, you could get into the inspector’s bad records just for not fixing it.
Don’t allow the home inspector to find any signs of leaks or water damage. Fix any water-related issues prior to the inspection. Check under sinks, around faucets, around the base of your toilets and bathtubs, and showers for possible leaks. For water damage, check the walls, ceilings, and floors. Check the exterior of the house for signs of leaks or water damage too.
Check The Roof
The roof is an important part of the home inspection and must be attended to before the day of inspection. Using a ladder, get up there and clean up the moss and debris from the gutters. Replace damaged or missing tiles. You don’t want any fault that could disqualify your house after you’ve come this far.
Final word is that you must remain calm during an inspection. Most buyers aren’t expecting a totally perfect structure, but they don’t want any major repairs left out for them. You’ll see the home inspector taking notes but as long as you’ve corrected the major things, you can relax. There’ll be no issue with the buy.