Most buyers feel excited on inspection days — and why not? They get to see the inside of the home they are buying.
For sellers, a home inspection is an entirely different ballpark. It can be a scene from the Twilight Zone when strangers invade their home and peek into every nook and cranny of their living space, paw through their belongings and try every appliance in the house. For a seller, the home inspection process can be a very nerve-wrecking experience but if you survive this nightmare, you may have a confirm sale.
Here are a few things that sellers can expect during their house inspection. But first, we need to see exactly why a home inspection is necessary.
Professional home inspectors evaluate 80 percent of every home sold in the United States, according to a study by American Society of Home Inspectors and the National Association of Realtors. Home evaluators are hired to protect a buyer’s interest by revealing problems with the property they might not have noticed. This ensures the home they are purchasing does not turn out to be a money pit.
The inspection is “non-invasive,” meaning buyers or inspectors will not do any damage to the property while inspecting it.
The home inspection depends on a few factors, like the size of the house, how many defects it has, how thorough the inspector is and how cooperative the seller is. Generally, though, a home inspection usually takes two to four hours.
Generally, the buyers pay for home inspections. But sometimes they insist that sellers pay. Conversely, sellers sometimes get a home inspection to reassure their potential buyers and to fix some hidden issues with the property. However, not all buyers easily trust a report commissioned by the seller and may want to bring their own inspector.
Home sellers should take a look at this checklist to anticipate what a home inspection will entail:
Foundation: A home inspector will check your walls, ceilings and the pillars supporting it. They will check the base of the walls to see whether they are any cracks or shift in the foundation. They may also go outside and see if there are any trees whose roots may have encroached over the foundation.
Drainage: A home inspector may look at the drainage system and its nearness to the house. They may also check for soggy areas near the house.
Roof/Attic: A house inspector will check whether the roof is in serviceable condition and may ask you when you replaced it. They may assess whether the roof has any leaks and if its visible insulation are intact.
Doors/Window: Buyers may also want home inspectors to check the condition of the doors and windows. They may assess if the doors and windows are free of rust, mildew and pests like termites.
Basement: The home inspector may also inspect your basement for dampness and insufficient venting or insulation. If there is a crawlspace, they may want to go into it and check it.
Electrical: Buyers may also check if your electrical outlets are in working order. They may check for potential malfunctions and see if the switches need to be upgraded.
Plumbing: The home inspectors might run water in your bathroom and kitchen to see if the pipelines are clogged. They may ask you for receipts of the last time you had your sewer lines scoped for cracks.
Appliances: If you are selling your appliances, like dishwasher, oven range and refrigerator, along with the house, the house inspector may check their condition and ask how old they are.
HVAC Systems: A home inspector may turn on your various heating and cooling systems to check if they do the job effectively. They may ask for warranty slips or the age of your furnace and AC.
Exterior: The home inspector will check the outside of the house to see if it is in need of repainting or repairs. They will also see whether all the downspouts and gutters are securely in place and whether they are loose wiring or boards.
If you want your home inspection to turn out in your best interest, it is good to be prepared. Here are some of the ways you can provide quick and easy access to a
Many inspection reports have dozens of defects. You won’t be required to fix many of these defects because they are so minor. If you come across a major defect, it is best you cooperate with the buyer and help with the repairs. This can prevent any likelihood of future lawsuits.
What you need to remember is that there is no such thing as a perfect home inspection report. However, if you are proactive and quickly fix small and inexpensive problems, you will see a drastically shortened list.
If all of this appears to be too much hassle for you, contact MB Solutions, who will be able to make a quick sale for you.