When a seller is getting a home ready to sell there are those that only put thought into hiring a good Realtor. They need to be thinking ahead to the items that might hang up a potential sale of the home.
The main event will be the home inspection. Sometimes this really upsets a buyer and they want out. I've had this happen and I don't blame them. I'm all for getting a release signed. That's when things can get sticky.
Here's a great list by my friend Charles Buell that all sellers need to know long before listing the house to get it ready for inspection.
For some time now I have wanted to put together a long list of all the things that a seller should consider doing to get their home ready for the home inspection. The more I thought about it, the more I realized my list was starting to look more like my 90,000 item report template, than a “to-do” list for a seller to get ready for the inspection.
And then I got to thinking----if sellers actually did all those things then I wouldn’t have a job! Well, I don’t “really” believe that---based on what I know about how things get fixed----it might actually amount to more job security.
Anyway, I decided I would stick to the basics.
Here is my list of just a Dozen Essential Things that the seller should do in order for the inspector to do the job they were hired to do. With these things done, the inspector will be able to figure out all the rest.
1. Make sure the water is on (I get thirsty and my buyer likes to know if the toilets work).
2. Make sure the electricity is on (now that is a bright idea.)
3. Make sure the gas is turned on (this includes propane in propane tanks and oil in the oil tanks----it is good to have gas now and then.)
4. Make sure there is clear access to all electrical panels (if there is a mirror covering it, please remove it so I don’t have to worry about breaking it----it is easy enough as it is to have bad luck).
5. Make sure there is clear access to all crawl spaces (this means unlocked too).
6. Make sure there is clear access to all attics (this means NOT painted shut and closets emptied----unless you want rat doo and insulation on your wedding dress and tux----and make sure there is nothing I can hit my head on).
7. Make sure keys are left available to any locked spaces (that means the combinations to locks if necessary).
8. Seller should leave a phone number so that they can be reached if additional information is needed (this is way better than them actually being there).
9. Turn off all computers---they may be on circuits that need to be tested (the data you lose could be your own).
10. Take the pets to cousin Vinnie’s----or if that is not possible at least make sure they are safe and won’t limit the inspection in any way (I have never bitten a dog----or crushed a cat under the garage door----yet).
11. Drive the Porsche to work----and leave the Datsun in the driveway----if either one is in the garage I won’t be able to inspect the overhead door (I hate door openers that fail under testing).
12. Be prepared to stay away from home for 3 to 5 hours (but be aware that the inspection will take as long as it takes and remember----that as a seller you would not anyone following you around if you were a buyer).
Lets make it a "Bakers Dozen."
13. Clear access to furnace and all appliances.
Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
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