Home Sellers - Surviving the Home Inspector
Be way out in front of the curve, hire your own inspector and
complete the repairs before placing your home on the market. A
good real estate agent will suggest that you hire an inspector
on any home that at first glance says I need help. You could
spend $200 to $500 but getting to it first may help you make a
sale and get you a higher price.
*Don't cover anything up, don't hide problems. They will be
found if not by the inspector then when the buyers' final walk
through before closing after you've moved all your furniture
out. How would you like to move back in or spend 2 weeks in a
hotel while the repairs are being completed so you can close and
move to your next house, if that deal didn't already fall apart?
*Basement problems, wet walls or floor? Most times covered by
stacks of boxes or other things stored away, inspectors don't
move things they only check where they have access. The point is
this will come back and bite you, basement problems are
sometimes a very easy fix clean and repair gutters regrade
around foundation so water moves away, a leaking hose bibb
*Painting and touch ups should be done inside and outside a
clean fresh look will give everyone confidence in the rest of
the property. Painting the front door and entry is the best
place to start. Hallways and corners always show a lot of use.
*Cleaning interior and exterior get rid of all the junk you plan
on tossing anyway. Too much stuff in the house may be cause to
question what's behind it or underneath of it. Wash off any mold
or mildew from your siding and roof.
*Landscaping trim all shrubs around the foundation, tall shrubs
cause moisture to stay on walls and foundations a good place for
termites and wood rot. Shrubs also hide your house what else are
you hiding? This can cause a lot of questions from a home
inspector and pest control inspectors they both know they
usually find something here.
Each of these can help you make your sale. Home inspectors are
not the enemy remember your buyers agent will suggest that you
hire an inspector for your purchase.
About the author:
Bill Carey with over 30 years in real estate sales investments,
and home building offers a unique perspective to the buying and
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