Many people in Big Bear make the mistake of thinking that once they accept an offer on their home, its a done deal. . If you assume that its just a matter of waiting out the escrow time period before the sale closes– and that the inspection is just a formality – think again! One of the areas of the escrow where I've seen so many problems is during the home inspection.
So, how do you avoid home inspection problems in Big Bear?
The best thing you can do is to make things easy on the home inspector. If you want to make things as easy as possible, you should consider these tips.
1. Leave the cabin during the inspection!
A number of cabins in Big Bear are either second homes or vacation rentals. Once you know when the inspection is going to be, make sure that the cabin is not rented out. Make it a point not to be there that weekend either. Inspectors prefer to be there alone so that they can concentrate on doing their job and giving a complete and accurate report. Even when buyers want to be there for the inspection, the inspectors prefer that they not show up until near the end of the inspection so that they can sit down and go over the entire report with them.
2. If you re selling your vacation home in Big Bear, don't try to conceal any problems!
In California, the seller is required to fill out a transfer disclosure statement, disclosing any known defects. So, ethically you are not going to want to hide any defects. Again, in California, both buyer and selling agent are also required to do an agents visual inspection of the property. On top of that, the home inspector is going to do his inspection. Chances are that if you try to hide anything, it's going to be found anyway. When my clients ask me about disclosing an issue with the house, I always tell them that if in doubt, disclose. It;s the right thing to do and it could keep you out of court down the road!
3. Most vacation homes in Big Bear are clean and tidy, but make sure that all areas are accessible
4. Do the simple things!
If the inspector flips on a light switch and the light doesn't come on, he is not going to troubleshoot the problem. He is going to report that the light does not work. If you know that the light bulb is burned out, then replace it. This will save a lot of questions later on or a very long repair request.
5. If your Big Bear Vacation home has a dishwasher or washer and dryer, then make sure that it is empty!
The inspector is going to check all of the appliances to see if they work. The last thing that he is going to want to do is clean out your dishwasher or handle your clothes. A little curtesy will go a long way!
There are any number of issues that can pop up during the escrow that can derail the escrow. It makes sense to make the effort to do what you can to help the process move along. Getting the home inspection completed and behind you is a major step in