If you’re selling your Miami home, chances are that the buyer will have a home inspection done. A home inspection is a valuable tool, both for a buyer and a seller. There is no such thing as a perfect home. But an inspection can detect larger issues with a home and that is important information for the owner as well as any buyers.
A Miami home inspector will do a complete checkup of a home’s systems. These systems are
- HVAC system
- Interior plumbing
- Electrical system
- Attic and insulation
- Structural components
The inspection will take between two and four hours, depending on the size of the home.
Getting Your Home Ready for Inspection
As a seller, you want to ensure that the inspector has access to the main systems of the home. If your home has already been prepared for showing, chances are that it is already in good condition. But you want to look around for any problems. If you know that something needs to be serviced, it should be done prior to the inspection.
The home inspector will make judgment calls because he or she is only human. They will associate a clean and well-kept home with owners that care about it and keep it properly maintained. This is always a good perspective to begin with.
As the seller, it’s always good to provide the inspector with easy access to anything on the inspection list. Label and leave any keys that may be needed for interior areas. Make sure that all electricity and pilot lights are on so the inspector can check the electrical system, appliances or fireplaces. Tidy up any attic or garage areas so the inspector has unobstructed access to anything that may need inspecting. Make sure to clean up areas around your yard so the inspector has access to air conditioning units, drainage access points, septic tanks, crawl spaces or sheds. If the home has been vacant, make sure that all utilities have been turned back on.
Other inspections may be done in conjunction with the main house inspection. These can be
- Radon tests
- Termite inspections
- Mold inspections
- Inspections looking for lead paint or asbestos
- Sewer pipes
If you would like to attend the inspection, ask the inspector if he or she minds. Seeing the inspection conducted firsthand offers a much greater understanding than the report, even with the photos. After the inspection, both you and the buyer will be provided with a detailed written report of all the defects that were found by the inspector.
A home inspection will often list dozens of defects. This is common. An inspector who is thorough is much better than one who isn’t. But not all defects need to be corrected. In most cases, the buyer is looking for serious issues. If some of these are found, then you can negotiate their repair with the buyers.
If you require a home inspection in Miami or elsewhere in South Florida, call the licensed professionals at Florida Inspections Unlimited at (305) 910-1171 for a quote.