Home Inspections for Sellers
Home seller’s guide to selling your home!
Are you thinking about selling your home? Here is your guide to selling your home with just a few tips!
A seller inspection (often called a pre-listing inspection) informs you of any defects or problems with your home so that you can address them before prospective buyers discover them. You can then take the time you need to obtain reasonable repair estimates.One of the advantages to having a pre-listing inspection prior to selling your property is giving the homeowner the opportunity to see the house from an unbiased third party standpoint.
Advantages of a Home Inspection
- Justify your full asking price.
- Show prospective buyers that you are dealing in good faith.
- Avoid last minute negotiations and delays.
- Demonstrates your willingness to go beyond what is expected and sets you apart from other sellers.
- No surprises
10 Tips to Speed up your Home Inspections
- Confirm that that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on.
- We are very Pet Friendly. However, pets should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets that will be in the home during the inspection.
- Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a “light is inoperable” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace old batteries.
- Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
- Remove stored items, debris and wood from the foundation. These may be cited as conducive conditions for termites or carpenter ants.
- Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, water heater, attic and crawlspace.
- Unlock all areas that your home inspector must access, such as the attic door or hatch, the electrical service panel, the door to the basement, and any exterior gates.
- Trim tree limbs so that they’re at least 10 feet away from the roof. Trim any shrubs that are too close to the house (one foot minimum).
- Correct any broken or missing items, such as doorknobs, locks or latches, windowpanes or screens, gutters, downspouts, or chimney caps.