Sometimes, a coat of fresh paint and some judicious rearranging of furniture is all it takes to get your home in top selling shape. But other times, it’s not that simple.
Latent defects like structural issues, mold, and insect infestations, plague home sellers all the time. In many cases, the sellers had no idea these defects were there! In order to ensure that your home sale goes as smoothly as possible, it’s a good idea to obtain a pre-sale home inspection. Even if you don’t end up fixing the problems yourself, you’ll have the benefit of full disclosure and lessen the chances of offers being withdrawn due to unexpected flaws in your property.
Usually, a home inspection costs between $300 and $600. It’s not pocket change, but having a pre-sale inspection can save you thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars. We of the HummerHomes Team recommend pre-sale inspections to all of our clients, especially those selling luxury homes: in the competitive luxury home sales market, even the smallest flaw in your property can mean disinterested buyers or lowball offers.
What Does A Home Inspection Entail?
A home inspection will address the condition of all aspects of the home, including heating and cooling systems, roofing, electrical systems, attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, foundation, basement, eaves and crawl spaces, gutters and drainage systems, landscaping, and all visible structural components.
How Do I Prepare For A Home Inspection?
You can make your inspector’s job a lot easier – and help ensure accuracy in the inspection – if you do a few simple things before your inspector arrives.
Clean your gutters: It will be easier for the inspector to look for drainage issues if your gutters and pipes are clean. Also tend to downspouts, basement entry drains, and condensation drains.
Clean your HVAC filter, or replace it.
Check all windows and doors. If any need to be replaced, do so prior to inspection.
Paint any exterior wood that’s showing weathering or damage.
Caulk around trim, chimneys, doors and windows to stop drafts. Caulk all exterior wall penetrations.
Move mulch away from siding so the inspector can check foundations. Six to 8 inches of clear space is desirable.
Replace light bulbs that are burned out, especially in basements and attics.
Repair any leaks in plumbing fixtures like sinks and toilets.
Provide easy access to the attic, basement, eaves, crawl spaces, garage, sheds, and other lesser-used areas of the property.
Completing these steps can help ensure a successful home inspection – and help insure that the inspector doesn’t have to pay your property a second visit. Be sure to provide your Realtor with a copy of the pre-sale inspection report to share with prospective buyers.