By Guest Writer: Steve Pirtle, Foundations & Up LLC Home Inspections
Selling your home can be challenging. Staging, hiring a Qualified Realtor, setting a price and watching your Realtor beat the streets for an offer. But what happens once an offer is received, negotiated and accepted? If the buying party has elected to do a home inspection, they will hire an ASHI certified home inspector to thoroughly inspect the home ground up, every inch. This is where a little timely preparation for sale can help save the deal.
What will the inspector look for?
The inspector will start with a visual inspection, so eliminate or reduce things that will catch his eye. [Note: hiding known defects cosmetically is the wrong approach, fix known issues competently to avoid issues in the future.]
Stains – they make the inspector wonder what caused the stain. What is the source of it? Is it an old stain, like a leak that has been fixed? Is the stain wet, and is there any mold? I recommend that you find the cause, fix the problem, clean up the stains as much as possible and ensure that they are dry and remain dry.
Cracked drywall can sometimes be acceptable; it is a judgment call by the inspector based on the length, width and location of the crack. Most cracks are minor settlement cracks and won’t concern the inspector. He will, however, look at all cracks closely.
Cracks in the foundation should be patched. Despite even professional craftsmanship, the inspector will know it was patched. Unless the crack is of notable width and there has been shifting of the concrete, the inspector’s concern is with keeping the elements out of the crack, which can cause the crack to expand and possibly let water into the house and cause damage.
Peeling paint should be scraped and repainted; even though it probably is not lead paint (depending on the age of the home), it is still considered a hazard to children and will be noted in the report. [Note: Peeling paint is also a heavy concern for FHA buyers.]
Windows will be tested at random. The inspector will check the window for fit, see if it is properly caulked and if it opens easily. If the inspector finds a bad window then he will most likely check all the windows. I recommend that you pre-check your windows to make sure that they open and caulk any gaps along the frame.
Showers and tubs – you can start by cleaning them. The inspector will want to inspect all the seams of caulking and all the grout lines. If you take the time to clean it, you will see what he will inevitably find and you can make the necessary repairs. [Note: Re-caulking a tub is painless and can be done in an afternoon. If you’ve found that water has dropped behind the tub enclosure, further exploration and repair is needed to remedy the problem.]
In all, the inspector will check many areas of the home, including things that the average homeowner cannot check or repair on their own.
Though this is a busy time in your own life, with wondering about coordinating your move and making plans for your next home, you can either take the time to deal with some of these issues now, or later when it comes up in the buyer’s report. Then, the timings of fixing these issues may not be so convenient.
Some home inspection companies offer pre-inspections for sellers, which allow you to deal with these issues ahead of time. You can present the report to your buyer and show how you took care of any items mentioned in the report.
For more information on these, please contact Steve Pirtle Foundations & Up LLC by calling: (509) 954-5922