Home inspections are crucial in any residential property sale. Much is hinged in this as its results are the basis if the deal will push through or not.
For property sellers, it is best to prepare his home for property inspections to ensure that it will pass the scrutiny of the home inspector. So what goes through a usual home inspection procedure?
What happens during a home inspection?
The home inspector will inspect every nook and cranny of ta home that is up for sale. After a prospective buyer has agreed to purchase the property and has done so in writing through a purchase agreement, a home inspection will usually commence. The result of the home inspection often becomes the green light for a buyer to push through with the transaction, or demand for repairs to be made or the contract cost to be lowered. If in case the owner does not agree to reduce the price or to have the issues repaired, then the buyer can back out.
The inspector usually checks all the structural details of the home. These details include walls, foundation, roofing, flooring, and the general condition of every room in the house. He will also check every furnishing, such as the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning System of the home. He will also check the water heater, the sump pump, and all the appliances that will be made part of the sale.
All the plumbing details will also be checked. Plumbing details will include both outdoor and indoor plumbing system. These details include the sewer, mainline, valves, every fixture in the bathroom: shower, tub, sink, drainage, and toilet. The same goes for the plumbing systems that are in the kitchen and the laundry area.
The home inspector will also check for rotting in the structure, plus molds and mildew. Water damage is also one area that is meticulously checked by the home inspectors.
Preparing for a home inspection
So how should a property seller prepare his home for an inspection? What can he do to ensure that the whole property will pass the scrutiny involved in the entire inspection procedure? Here are a few tips.
1. Keep the home clean and tidy. A clean and tidy home signifies that the homeowner cares for his property. Tidiness also denotes that the house is well-maintained and loved. It is vital to give an excellent impression to the home inspector as everything will start from there. If a home looks uncared for, he will keep on scrutinizing more and much more profound to see if there are problem areas in the property. A tidy home also makes the home inspector’s job easier because he gets to see the areas he wants to inspect quickly. There will be no need to go through a lot of clutter before being able to check out a foundation, a post, a wall, etc.
2. Declutter the home. A potential move usually makes the homeowner want to pack up and declutter. Just keep at it, and remove unnecessary things that are not needed in the home anymore. An uncluttered place lets the inspector freely move around the property and helps him see what he wants to see. It also gives a sense of tidiness. Decluttering goes both ways as the homeowner will also have less to pack up and bring to his new home.
3. Avail of free maintenance inspection checks. It is best to stay one step ahead of potential electrical or plumbing issues. There are a lot of reliable service providers in the community that offer free home inspection services. Have a plumber check the whole system at home so that if ever there are troubles like leaks, slow drains, or clogging in the sewer lines, then this could be addressed right away. Yes, it may involve costs, but it is better to be one step ahead of the inspector and the potential buyer. The same goes for electrical inspections. It will be best to find out if the fixtures are still up to code. This will give the homeowner a confidence boost as the home inspector goes through with his work.
4. Check simple systems around the house. Are the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors working? Is there a unit that needs a battery change or a replacement? Is the garbage disposal working correctly? Is the home water heating system delivering enough hot water to the tap, or it needs an upgrade? By staying on top of these little details, the homeowner can help ensure that the property inspection will go well.
5. Avail of free water damage and mold inspections. Go around the house first and see if there are visible mold and mildew in under sink cabinets, the laundry area, the kitchen, and the bathroom. Check for signs of mold and mildew. If there are no signs, but the homeowner suspects of a mold or water damage issue, then it is best to have the whole home checked by a pro. Mold and water damage drastically lowers the value of a real estate property, so it is best to stay on top of it and remediate before the home inspection procedure.
6. Go around the house. Everything outdoor should be checked, including the caulking, the downspouts, and other structural, plumbing, and electrical details. The roofing should be carefully checked and addressed too. Ensure there are no structural problems and leaks so that the inspection will go well.
7. See the little details. Little details like dirty switches, burned out bulbs, and cabinets that may not have handles or knobs that are not working could be a small thing for the homeowner, but another tick in the home inspection sheet. Get into the list of home maintenance stuff that needs to be addressed before the inspection.
8. For homes with a centralized HVAC system, check the vents to see if there are issues like molds, mildews, rodents, leaks, among others. Some HVAC companies offer a free inspection, so it is best to avail of these.
Home inspections can make or break a sale. It is best to be prepared for this procedure.