You’ve found the right buyer for your home and accepted their offer. Although the sale is almost complete, don’t start packing up your belongings yet. You still need to pass a home inspection. In a normal real estate transaction, you typically have a home inspection once the buyer has signed the agreement and prior to the closing date. Most home buyers want the closing to be contingent on the home inspection’s results. You need to know that if the inspector finds a problem and you’re unwilling to correct it, the buyer has the option of backing out of the deal.
Prepare For Home Inspection
Obviously, as the seller, you want the inspection to proceed without a hitch and detect few if any issues. Thus, it’s not uncommon to get nervous during the process. There are two things you don’t want to happen at this stage of the transaction. First and foremost, you don’t the buyer to back out of the deal. Second, and equally as important, you don’t want to have to pay for any repairs as a contingency if the buyer requests them. Here is what you can do in order to be better prepared for a home inspection.
- Be sure the inspector has access to all areas that they will be checking.
- Clear all areas around the perimeter of plant growth, stored items, and trash cans.
- Check your roof for damaged or missing tiles and ensure that all downspouts are positioned properly.
- Keep the house clean and from the time you start showing the house until it’s sold and you’re preparing to move.
- Replace any lighting that isn’t working so the inspector won’t have to waste any time trying to figure out whether or not the socket is operable.
- Make sure that all toilets in the house are working properly.
- Clean or replace your furnace filter.
- Make sure that all pilot lights are on, including the one in your fireplace (even if you’re getting your home inspected during the warmer months).
- Ensure that all switches in your fuse box are labeled correctly.
- Check every door in the home to ensure that they’re all in proper working condition.
- Check all cabinets and cabinet doors; repair any doors that are faulty or aren’t flush with the cabinet frame.
- Look for leaks and signs of water damage wherever you have exposed or non-exposed plumbing.
- Take care of any pest problems no matter how minor they may seem.
- Most importantly, be prepared when the home inspector arrives.
Though it helps to know more about your home, it is important to do regular maintenance and repairs so that there are no demerits when the home inspectors visit. To learn more about our services, call Florida Inspections Unlimited at 305-910-1171.