Having a property inspected by a licensed real estate inspector at the beginning of the sale process will allow the Homeowner the opportunity to know what repairs may be needed BEFORE the Buyer's Agent comes back asking for substantial concessions.
A few items that the Buyer's Agent might be looking for could be:
- Foundation - Touch up mortar cracks and brick veneer
- Roof surface - Clean gutters and debris on roof. Make sure cutter downspout extensions are in place.
- Caulk windows and door frames.
- Are there any signs of wood destroying insects? Seal pest entry points.
- Consider the repair of rotted trim, siding or decking.
- Attic - Are all vent stacks vented to the exterior? None should terminate in the attic.
- Are there any open wire splices present in the attic or crawlspace
- Clear insulation away from water heater and heater vent pipes, chimney and canister lights.
- DOORS AND WINDOWS
- Ensure that all windows, doors, garage doors and attic doors are in proper operating condition.
- Seal and paint sheet rock.
- Stop and seal off any water penetration points.
- Repair or replace water damaged sheet rock.
- Replace burned out light bulbs
- Replace or install any missing or damaged receptacles or switch covers.
- Install GFCI receptacles near all water sources.
- HEATING AND AIR
- You may want to have HVAC system cleaned, services and placed in working order. Keep all receipts for work performed to verify.
- Replace A/C filters.
- If gas heater, flex line should not terminate in the heater cabinet.
- Is the blower noisy?
- Is the primary drain line from the coil insulated near the coil drain area?
In General, ask your REALTOR® for a list of Home Inspectors they might recommend and Good Luck selling your home!
CHRIS RODRIGUEZ, REALTOR®