08 Nov How Sellers Can Prepare For a Home Inspection
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A home inspection is usually a visual assessment of the interior and exterior parts of your house. A typical checking should include all physical structures and systems in and out of your home – from the foundation to the attic and the roofing. While most people doubt that this process is an actual need for a real estate contract to close, read on and learn how to make this step to your advantage.
Before you purchase or sell a home, you need to think about the property. It should be in its best condition possible to guarantee that the deal was a sound investment. The inspection enables you either as a buyer or seller to become familiarized with the property. You would see if any damages need to be addressed immediately. By acquiring the services of professional home inspector, you would have a more visible understanding of the weakness and strengths of the house. Hence, for the seller, the selling stage of promotions would be improved, and for the buyer, the purchase deal is sealed with professional care background.
You could choose from a wide array of professional performers of the home inspection. But note that you must hire the services of the licensed ones. During the scouting of probable servicers, ask for their certifications, certified association membership, portfolio of previous work including detailed, descriptive and informative reports. When you are finally satisfied with his or her credentials, it is now time to prepare yourself and your home.
Here are some areas you could perform minor repairs even before the inspection would begin: damaged walkways and/or steps, cracks in the driveway, windows and doors, broken or damaged shingles, dirty and grassy gutters, clogged drainage, leaky pipes, faucets, sinks, and tubs, chipped painted surfaces and smoke detectors. You could easily cover the damages with sealants. Or if you have enough budget, replace some of the broken glass windows and shingles. These repairs would only cost you a few dollars. However, if the damages could not be dealt with simple sealants, it is best that you wait for the home inspector. The inspector has a pretty better idea about suggesting longer lasting replacements and/or repairs.
When the home inspection day finally starts, you should not overlook these areas that are most susceptible to damages: – renovations and structural additions – furnace, heating and cooling systems – excessive pipe leakage due to structural plumbing damage – electrical wirings – uneven elevation in the attic and basement – cracks in the walls, foundation – insulation – framing for the roof and exterior walls – ventilation – land grading
The said areas are not few. On the other hand, during the home inspection process you should not be too much apprehensive. For the seller, remember that this process is your way to finally achieving a great offer and closed deal. For the buyer, this step clears the path to ultimately have the dream home in your hands. Let and trust the inspector to do his job and everything would run smoothly.