If you want a quick sale, a pre-listing home inspection could be helpful.
Things a Home Seller should do to prepare for a Home Inspection
by Carla Freund Realty Team
When selling your house in Raleigh and the Triangle Area there are certain things that you'll find helpful and proactive when the home inspector is coming. I polled a group of very experienced agents and below are the results.
Several agents recommend having a pre-listing home inspection. You do want to keep a couple things in mind: 1) Once items are discovered, you need to repair or report to potential buyers if they are material facts. 2) Buyers may get their own inspection even though you already had one and new items could be found.
When should you get a pre-listing home inspection?
- If you have lived in a house for 8+ years, a pre-listing inspection is highly recommended.
- If you suspect issues, a pre-listing home inspection may be a good idea.
- If you want a quick sale, a pre-listing home inspection could be helpful.
- If you want to be pro-active and do things in your time-frame, a pre-listing home inspection could be helpful.
What things should you do prior to any home inspection?
1) Make certain all light bulbs (inside and out) are in working order.
2) Change your HVAC filters and make sure the vents are clean.
3) Move items away from your garage walls so the pest inspector and home inspector can see the walls.
4) While moving the items away from the garage wall keep an eye open for cracks that could prompt a structural inspection. You can also check the exterior walls for cracks as well.
5) Make sure the vent fans in bathrooms work.
6) Make sure the dryer vent is cleaned out and the vent flap on the exterior of the house opens property when the dryer is running.
7) Leave the pilot light on for the gas furniture
8) Make sure all utilities are on.
9) Make sure all light fixtures are clearly marked for the outlet they operate.
10) Clean the faucet aerators and shower heads. Make sure there aren't any leaks.
11) Make sure the electrical panel is easily accessible.
12) Make sure inspectors can get to the attic door or pull down.
13) Trim bushes & plants that are against the house so the inspector can see the exterior of the property.
14) Make sure not of the toilets are leaking or running excessively.
15) Make sure hose bibs are not dripping/leaking and are not lose from house.
16) The dishwasher will be inspected by running it. You may want to make sure it is empty. Also, make sure the inspector can find the cut-off switch if there is one.
17) Make sure smoke detectors are secured and in working order.
18) Don't paint over wood rot. Inspectors will be looking for areas of wood rot and painting over it will do nothing but frustrate you.
19) Make sure the chimney is clean.
20) Sellers should not be present during the home inspection. Home-buyers should stay out of the way and in our area usually only arrive during the last few minutes if at all. Home inspectors will send a complete report with photos and are usually available for a phone call.
By Carla Freund
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