3 Tips to Prepare for a Home Inspection

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

Home owners often want to hang around when the home inspector is coming by to do her or his job. They feel like they need to explain all of their improvements, and little quirks of the house, because every home has small quirks. Like this door sticks so we lift up on the handle, or this is where we insert the key to turn on the fireplace.


But home inspectors should know how to figure out this stuff without outside influence. Plus, they prefer to work alone. They surely do not like it when buyers follow them around, which is what I read in a Zillow book. I thought WTH? Follow inspectors around? That's Zillow's silly advice, well, obviously they are not in the real estate profession; they are in the book selling business and website business.


You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: 3 Best Home Inspection Tips for Sellers in Sacramento.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Comments (11)

Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I always advise my sellers to hit the road at inspection time.  It is a time for the buyers to have a close look at things without their influence.

May 18, 2017 09:06 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I, too, talk with my sellers about getting the home in order ( and being sure the inspector will have access where needed) and stepping out for a few hours. It's never been an issue.

May 18, 2017 09:15 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Even before listing your hoe you need to fix all those little details because smart buyers will see them and make judgenemtns right away

May 18, 2017 09:23 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Elizabeth... exactly what I tell my own sellers to do (along with fixing any little item they already know about before the inspector gets there and making sure all of the light bulbs are functioning). At the end of the day, it is the buyer's inspection... get out of their way and let them at it. Once a report comes back, sellers can always respond if they feel something didn't get reported correctly.

May 18, 2017 03:00 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Belinda Spillman It takes a crowbar to get some sellers to let go of the door jamb.

May 19, 2017 02:08 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Jeff Dowler You have much more cooperative and less feisty sellers than I do, I suspect.

May 19, 2017 02:08 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

William Feela The roof could be falling down and killing bystanders in our Sacramento real estate market and buyers would be crawling all over the dead bodies to buy it.

May 19, 2017 02:09 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Nina Hollander I generally advise sellers to wait until the buyer responds to the home inspection because many are mortified when they find out there is something wrong, and they want to immediatley fix it, when it might be completely unnecessary.

May 19, 2017 02:10 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Excellent points, Elizabeth!  I especially like #3 when I'm with buyers - those sellers who remain make our lives far more difficult!  But, I do tell my sellers the same things - including to scatter when the inspector is there!

Have a great weekend!

May 19, 2017 05:31 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

All great advice for home sellers facing home inspections.  Set an appointment that works for you, clean up, get out and zip it.

May 19, 2017 05:41 PM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Make sure to know what systems are EXCLUDED from the inspector's scope of work. If the home inspector notes in the small print that he/she doesn't inspect pools, then we may erroneously think that since no pool problems were noted there is no need to ask for repair. Not a good day if after closing the buyers find a major problem with the pool.

Jun 19, 2017 01:01 PM

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