Home Inspections: A Seller’s Perspective On What You Should Prepare For

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A great investment begets great returns. If you own a home in Punta Gorda and decide that you want to sell it, there are many things to consider; a home inspection being top of the list. 

If the word ‘inspection’ is giving you jitters, take a deep breath! Home inspections will actually do your house good and even help you get a better price estimate. It’s nothing to worry about; however, you can understand how they work and what you need to take care of before getting your house inspected. 

First, you must know that home inspections are usually carried out after the buyer has accepted your offer. They come along with the home inspector they opted for (or the inspector might come alone) and perform a rigorous inspection of the entire home. 

There is another option for you to explore, the pre-sale home inspection, which is done before you put your home up on the market. This helps you with many factors like getting an accurate price estimate, knowing the actual condition of your home, and carrying out required repairs. They also encourage buyers to consider buying your home, as a pre-sale inspection has already weeded out any difficulties with the home. This makes the whole process easier for both you and the buyer. Note that you will have to bear the cost for this inspection; a small price to pay for a big sale.  

How can you make the inspection process easier? Some things to keep in mind:

  1. Make sure that all parts of your house, even the most unreachable ones (like your attic or basement) are accessible and inspectable. Make adequate space for the inspector to move around and perform checks. 
  2. Understand a little bit about the exterior and interior of your home. The inspector will check the driveway, roofing, structure of the house as well as internal systems like plumbing, electrical wiring and systems, heating/air-conditioning, etc. 
  3. Inspections will cover everything from major defects to minor ones; some problems that might catch attention are water stains on walls/ceilings, defective electrical wiring, faulty windows, rotten wood, etc. Things that may seem minor to us may not be so for the buyers.   

CONCLUSION 

If the inspection does come up with problems that need fixing, you can finish the repairs by spending a buck from your pocket. If that’s too much of a cost for you to bear, then fill out a Real Estate Disclosure Form listing all defects and repairs. Do not try to hide any problems as this will do more harm than good. You can discuss these with the buyer during negotiations. If there are no problems, well-done Houseowner! 

After putting your house up for sale, it is a game of waiting for potential buyers and finishing the process. Happy selling! 

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