Home inspection is something all sellers fear, but it doesn’t have to be that scary. You just have to know what to expect and how to prevent some common problems.
When you’re selling houses, home inspection is usually the last step before you get to the paperwork. A home inspector will come and look at your entire home, making sure everything is good order. It’s useful to know how this process goes so you can prepare yourself and lower the chances of a sale falling through due to some unsuspected issue. To make everything easier for you, here’s what you can expect at a home inspection.
What Does the Inspection Look Like?
The inspector is hired either by a lender or a buyer personally, and their role is to ensure the house is in the same condition as you’ve described. The inspection usually lasts for two hours, but on certain occasions it can take more time, especially if your house is rather large. The buyer usually attends the inspection, but due the precaution measures for COVID-19, this might not be the case at the moment. Once the inspection is done, the inspector will write a report describing your house’s condition. This might take several days to complete.
Most defects listed on the report will be minor and won’t influence your sale, so don’t worry just because you’ve seen some problems noted. However, some severe issues can be deal-breakers. If they occur, you need to talk with your home inspector, as well as your real estate agent about how to deal with them appropriately.
What Does Home Inspection Look For?
According to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), this is the full list of things a home inspection will review:
- Attic and visible insulation
- Central air conditioning system
- Electrical systems
- Heating system
- Interior plumbing
- Structural components
- Windows and doors
Of course, the inspector can’t tear the walls from your house to see the wiring and piping. However, they will access everything they can, to give them the better overview of your home’s condition.
How Can You Help Home Inspector?
As a home seller, it is in your interest to ensure the inspection is completed quickly and effortlessly. You should try to help home inspector to complete everything from their checklist. To start, leave the keys of cabinets and electrical panel somewhere where it’s easy to find. Leave the pilot lights on, and tidy everything for an easier access. Also, clean all the places that might influence inspector’s passage to the drainage access points, septic tank, water heater, furnace, and similar. Also, in case your home is vacant and the utilities are turned off, try reconnecting them. While this won’t earn you a better report, you can speed the process up.
No One Expects a Perfect Home
As we’ve already mentioned, you shouldn’t worry too much in case some minor defects are found. In fact, your home will certainly have some issues, as no home is perfect – and no one expects it to be. It’s extremely rare to find a home without a single blemish on its inspection report. However, you can lower the chances of having defects by hiring a professional inspection prior to listing your home. This way, you can know exactly what to repair and upgrade before the official inspection comes.
How to Get a Good Report?
Of course, there are some things you can do to help yourself and get a better inspection report. Chances are, you have already taken a look at your home before you listed it, so you have already repaired a lot of things. However, you have to look around for new issues, to ensure nothing new happened or that you haven’t missed something big. You shouldn’t leave a single shingle missing from your roof. Fix every single thing that might be considered a defect. Keep in mind that this isn’t a good time for long, expensive projects, but you should make as many quick fixes as possible. And, once again, consider hiring a home inspector on your own.
Who Pays for a Home Inspection?
Luckily for you, the home inspection is usually financed by a buyer. Some people may, however, insist that a seller pays for it. While this doesn’t sound appealing, you can use this when negotiating for a price. Of course, if you hire an inspector as a precaution measure, you will be the one paying for them. Just keep in mind this report usually isn’t accepted by a buyer.
Can You Sell a Home without a Home Inspection?
Despite what you might think, you don’t have to hire an inspector before selling a home. This is possible if you work with a reliable direct buyer, such as Sparks Property Investors LLC. Direct buyers buy houses as-is, and often times they won’t need a report from the home inspection. Even if they do, they’ll come with their own inspector, and the home’s condition won’t influence their decision to buy.
There are a few more reasons why working with a direct buyer is better than a traditional listing. First off, they won’t give up on homes facing foreclosure and rundown properties. Also, they’ll be able to close the sale fast, so they are a great option if you’re in a rush to sell. They don’t have commissions and they’ll handle the closing costs, so you don’t have to pay anything. And the best part of it all is that they pay in cash. This means you’ll get your money much faster.