What Do I Need to Do to Prepare for the Home Inspector?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

We get this question often, and some of which should have been addressed prior to putting the home on the market.   

Things to do prior to listing:

It is always good to have your roof inspected, especially if you know there has been hail, wind, or if it is really old.    I have a company in town that will come and inspect it for free, and give you three estimates.   (if you call your insurance company, this will be "a claim")

If you haven't had your furnace and A/C cleaned and serviced for years, you should have this done too.  Keep your receipt as the buyers may want a copy for their records.   Also, change your filter prior to the inspection.

If you know there could be a broken window, this absolutely needs replacing.  Again, prior to listing!    If you have broken seals, it is a good idea to get some bids and get these replaced if you want top dollar.

 

Things to do prior to inspection:

1.  Be sure all utilities are on.

2.  It is best not to be home during the inspection.  Let the buyer and inspector do their thing, and usually they will call when finished.   Remove pets also.

3.  Be sure to have your Carbon Monoxide detectors within 15 feet of any lawful bedroom.  This will be notated on the inspection if you don't have them.  It is the law.    You may want to change the batteries in the smoke detectors too.  If the smoke detectors are starting to turn yellow, they are old, and time for a replacement.  There are some now that have 10-year batteries, and don't chirp in the middle of the night!

4.  Are any of your faucets leaking at the faucet, or worse - under the sink?   Fix it prior to, it will be notated on the inspector's report.   If the grout in the shower or bathtub needs repair, get this done.

5.   Be sure the inspector has access to the crawlspace or attic.   They also will want to check the electrical plugs, so keep access to those open as well.   If you have a padlock on the electrical box, remove it so they have access.

6.  Can you maneuver through the garage?    The inspector will want to see it.

7.  Are there tree branches rubbing up against the home or roof?    Get them trimmed back.

 

The fewer items the inspector finds, the better the Buyer will feel moving forward with the transaction!    The inspection is the #1 reason a buyer will terminate a contract.  Don't let this situation be YOUR situation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joan Cox
Broker/Owner, REALTOR®
House to Home, Inc.

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Comments (18)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is important information to share with home sellers.

I hope you are having a very productive month.

May 26, 2022 06:13 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thanks Roy.

May 26, 2022 06:55 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Also note the presence or absence of GFCI in the outlets.  Another visual is the fascia as exposed wood is often required to be repaired per the Appraiser. Thanks Joan Cox for these simple actions.  When listing or selling a home, I let the sellers or buyers know anything I see that may be called out on inspections. 

May 26, 2022 07:04 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joan - accessibility is one of the key things that can be enhanced (and emphasized) prior to any inspection.  So many issues and follow-up trips plus confusion (and conflicts) can be avoided.  Ahh, preparation.  Ahh, yes - once again. . .   

May 26, 2022 07:17 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I walk the listing with my sellers. I give them a list and tell them to let me know when it is finished. I often get the call asking...what if we do not this or that. I tell them it would be a huge mistake.

May 26, 2022 08:15 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Great advice!  In your area, is it traditional to have the seller do the pest and home inspections or is it usually the buyer who does them?  In Elk Grove, the buyer usually does them, but I don't like surprises so I usually have a conversation with the sellers to see if they want to do the inspections up front.

May 26, 2022 10:00 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Leanne Smith our inspectors don't make that big of a deal with the GFCI's, since they aren't that expensive, and most homeowners can do themselves.

May 26, 2022 10:15 AM
Leanne Smith

Our inspectors here in NW AZ do make a big deal of it. GCFI's have been required in the appraisal inspection reports for VA, Conventional, USDA and FHA.

When we purchased our home for cash, my husband had to put 13 GFCI's in to make in compliant for any future sale. Yes they are inexpensive around $15 each and most homeowners can make the changes theirselves.

May 27, 2022 09:24 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, you are so right, access to things, and not covered up, as inspectors won't move anything.

May 26, 2022 10:15 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, that is what makes you an excellent REALTOR!

May 26, 2022 10:16 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ray Henson the buyer does the inspections, but when I meet with the homeowner prior to listing, we go through all the big-ticket items.   It is not fun to find out you need a new roof, and insurance won't pay, so want everyone to be prepared.   Also, we don't have pest inspections here.

May 26, 2022 10:17 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Joan- there are things that sellers can do to help with the inspection process. And yes, accessibility is key. 

May 26, 2022 11:35 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, thanks, and yes accessibility is primary.

May 26, 2022 12:14 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Interesting Joan.  We should have the same requirements as you do re carbon monoxide detectors, but we don't.  With all of our windows sealed up for 6-8 months, it's a good idea to have those! 

May 26, 2022 08:08 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I can appreciate each of those suggestions because I have lived through the aftermath of them all Joan 🤨

May 26, 2022 10:05 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jan Green that is interesting, thought the CO detector was a federal law.   That is how those families passed in the Bahamas.

May 27, 2022 06:56 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Nope - it's not Federal.  We don't require them, but must disclose them.

May 27, 2022 10:11 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Paul, we have lived through many inspections with many outcomes.

May 27, 2022 06:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Joan... great list. I recommend most of this to my clients before we actually list. Sometimes an inspection is scheduled within two days of a contract being ratified and the seller runs out of time to do everything.

May 27, 2022 08:58 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, I have had that happen too, and those items go on the buyer's inspection request.

May 28, 2022 06:00 AM