Is this the first time selling your home? Or maybe your second time. Either way, this article is for you. Selling your home can be an exciting, yet frustrating time. You think your home is in great condition and should sell fast. A prospective buyer walks thru and likes what they see. Then he or she hires a home inspector. Uh, oh…you hear back that the home inspector found lots of defects. What now?
Almost every property sale gets hung up and maybe even falls through because of the Home Inspection Report. Realtors and home-sellers alike, blame the home inspector for being too picky, or worse label him a deal killer. Its not the home inspector’s fault…it is a lack of maintenance and up keep on the homeowners part; maybe even a lack of knowledge. The home inspector inspects and reports on defects that are visible. Yet the question is – would you rather have a home inspector do his best to protect you, or do a quick look and miss a lot of defects
In almost every home inspection, at least one light bulb doesn’t work, a smoke alarm is non-functioning, and a window doesn’t open. All of these will get marked as a defect. An inoperable smoke alarm will get flagged as a Safety Issue, whereas a burnt out bulb will be a minor defect. But the amount of defects add up. A number of new home buyers will steer clear of buying the home regardless of what is wrong, based on a high number of defects .
Our Inspector, Ike Paxton, CPI, wants to share this top ten list of items that should be addressed before the home inspection. The following items to check are typically inexpensive, and simple to do. The home inspector will appreciate it!
Simple maintenance year round is the best for your house and a good inspection report! We wish you the best of luck in selling your home!