The home buying and selling process is stressful. With so many variables at play, it is easy to get overwhelmed, especially when it comes to the home inspection process.
If you are the home seller and you’ve accepted an offer, your buyer will likely hire a home inspector to meticulously investigate your property.
While every home is different, these are the general things a home inspector will inspect:
- Plumbing systems
- Electrical systems
- Kitchen appliances
- Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment
- Doors and windows
- Attic insulation
- Foundation and basement
- Exterior (e.g., siding, paint, outdoor light fixtures)
The home inspector’s report will note visible problems, necessary repairs, and potential risks. From this report, the buyer may prepare a list of requested repairs. As the seller, it can be difficult to determine the urgency of those repairs and the cost involved.
We can help. Backed by over 150 years of experience, we can quickly assess the issues your buyer wants you to address, help you determine the severity, and provide guidance on the cost to remedy the issues, giving you the ability to make an educated decision about how to proceed. Remember, you have options, and we can help you navigate them. You may decide to make the requested repairs, make some of them, or none. You may also consider giving the buyer a monetary credit through closing in lieu of making repairs.
Having a trusted adviser on your side can take away the worry. In most cases, the home inspection isn’t a deal breaker. There are certain repairs you will need to make to sell your house, and hopefully your realtor advised you on those before you even got to the inspection stage. If you have done a good job maintaining your home, the home inspector’s findings will be minimal.