Guest blog by Steve Bennett of Redbud Property Inspections in Oklahoma City
If you’re selling your house, you might be wondering how to prepare for the home inspection process. We all know the perfect home doesn’t exist. A home that has been lived in usually has some damage or needs some kind of repairs, some that can be pretty expensive. Because not everyone is an expert, home defects and red flags may not be visible to the untrained eye. That’s why buyers typically hire a professional home inspector before buying a house.
Understanding Home Inspections
For sellers, having a clear understanding the home inspection process and preparing your home for the day of the inspection will help the transaction go smoothly and can even help you get a higher price for your home!
Home Inspection Tips for Sellers
Here’s our top 3 tips to prepare you for your home inspection and prevent the buyer from backing out of the purchase.
1. Know what to Expect
A home inspector evaluates the overall condition of the home at the time of the inspection to ensure that its major systems and components are installed properly and working properly. Some of these include:
- Water heater
- Heating and cooling
The home inspector evaluates the condition and quality of the home objectively and then documents those findings in a report.
Prior to the home inspection, it wouldn’t hurt to go around your house and make some minor repairs and look for anything that needs work. Get your appliances and major systems serviced to ensure they’re in good shape. This might seem like a lot of work but it just means you’ll have less to worry about during the inspection and shows the buyer that the home has been well maintained.
2. Consider Getting a Pre-Listing Inspection
Avoid surprises by getting a pre-listing inspection. If you’re reading this you might be thinking this is a waste of money. But consider these advantages:
- A pre-listing inspection can reduce the stress of selling your home. You have the advantage of discovering problems ahead of time with no rush to fix them. You can also decide not to fix them but disclose them to the buyer upfront.
- Help get top-dollar for your home! If you get your home inspected prior to listing, you’ll know exactly what condition it’s in and what repairs need to be made. Take care of these ahead of time and avoid giving the buyer any reason to negotiate a lower selling price.
- Speed up the sales process. Nothing drags out home deals like finding unexpected issues during the buyer’s inspection. Having a pre-listing inspection allows you to fix any issues ahead of time or disclose them upfront so there are no surprises.
Selling your home is stressful, but you can limit the level of stress by being prepared. A pre-listing inspection makes the process a lot easier.
3. Avoid Common Deal Breakers
There are a multitude of reasons why some home deals fall through, but most of them can be avoided. Here are some common examples of scenarios that cause a buyer to back out of a deal and what a home seller can do to prevent it.
- Structural issues
- Overcome potential objections by disclosing structural issues upfront prior to listing the home and set the selling price accordingly.
- Safety issues
- Make the necessary repairs to ensure your home isn’t a safety hazard. For health safety, test for radon and mold and if necessary, hire a mitigation company.
- Pest problems
- Before putting your home on the market, check thoroughly for any signs of termites or other pests that may be inhabiting your home. If you happen to find any bugs or critters, hire an exterminator or pest control company immediately.
Selling your home is a major life-changing process, but it doesn’t have to be a hassle. Avoid these common mistakes and you might close the deal faster than you thought was possible.
If you’re selling your home in Oklahoma City and want to get a pre-listing inspection, contact Redbud Property Inspections today!