If you have your home currently for sale or are thinking about selling in the near future its a good idea to know what to expect and know how to prepare for it.
In most cases the buyer pays for the home inspection (not always, but in most cases in our area). Customarily in our area the home inspection is performed after contract negotiations are complete within a specified time frame. The standard provision of our contract calls for the seller to be responsible for up to $1,000 toward all inspection repairs. This figure is negotiable but unless otherwise agreed upon is $1,000 per out contract. Anything above this amount becomes another negotiating process between the buyer and the seller after the results of the inspection are revealed.
I just received an email from the magazine that we advertise in, The Real Estate Book, with the following article about helping sellers prepare their homes for the inspection process and thought it was worthy of sharing.
Please see below for the article and if you have any questions, feel free to call or email us. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Roanoke, Virginia and surrounding areas, we would love the opportunity to interview with you and apply for the job of helping you. We have a fully staffed team with a full time professional in each area of the business to ensure excellent service to you. With over 50 years combined experience we have the expertise you deserve as well.
To learn more about our team, our services, and to see the homes we currently have for sale please visit our website at http://www.thecrouchteam.com.
Here is the article:
As a real estate professional, it is very important that you fullly prepare your clients before meeting with a home inspector.
Here are some of our favorite tips that REALTORS® can provide their clients for a successful and smooth home inspection. You’ll be happy to know that these can be done at little to no cost!
1. Clean out dirty gutters or debris from the roof.
2. Trim trees, roots and bushes back from foundation, roof, siding and chimney.
3. Seal asphalt driveways, if cracking.
4. Clean or replace HVAC filter.
5. Test all smoke detectors to ensure they are in safe working condition.
6. Don’t do quick cheap repairs. You may raise questions that will unfairly cause great concern to buyers and inspectors.
7. Ensure that all doors and windows are in proper working condition, including repairing any cracks.
8. Check and fix any leaks on plumbing fixtures. Apply caulk if needed.
9. Have clear access to attic, crawlspace, heating system, garage and other areas that will need to be inspected.
10. Make sure all utilities are turned on if the house is vacant. This includes water, electric, water heater, furnace, air conditioning and breaks in the main panel.
It’s important that your clients understand what they need to do and the issues they need to fix before getting their home inspected. A pre-listing inspection is also recommended for potential sellers to identify items that they need to be aware of. After all, surprises are never a good thing when it comes to home inspections and selling a house!