Selling your home can be an exciting venture, especially if you're moving into a bigger and better one; but sometimes the details associated with selling, such as all the cleaning and repairing and inspections and showings, can seem a bit overwhelming. Here's a quick guide to help your inspection go smoothly and help you get the most out of the home inspection process.
1. Hiring your own inspector
This is fairly basic, but it's important to mention that there are advantages to be had if you hire the inspector yourself rather than allowing the potential buyer to do it. Sure, it'll cost you money, but it also means that the inspector will report directly to you. And you'll be able to make sure you get an ASHI certified one who follows industry standards. And it may actually save you money in another way; you may be able to fix small issues yourself inexpensively (such as leaky faucets or worn-out electrical outlets) whereas if you waited for a buyer's inspector and contractor, you might end up having to pay a lot more.
2. Doing a self-inspection in advance
If you're a fairly savvy homeowner, you should be able to take a look at the same things the inspector will examine and notice some of the same problems that he or she will find. Forestalling these problems helps you get a head start on improving your home's desirability and value, and it can reduce the discouragement of having a ton of negative things on your report. Read through the ASHI standards to get an idea of what the inspector will examine, and make sure you know which issues are most commonly found during a home inspection so you can check that you don't have any of them.
3. Prepare to give the inspector access.
If you're hiring the inspector yourself, it's acceptable to stay and watch, but if the inspector is hired by a buyer, you should offer to vacate the house for the duration of the inspection. If this is the case, you'll need to leave about an hour before the scheduled inspection and take your pets with you. You'll also want to make sure everything is accessible to the inspector, whether you're staying or going. The utilities will have to be on and available, alarms will have to be turned off, and you'll need to provide access to crawl spaces and other areas that may normally be kept closed up.
These three tips will help you make the most of the home inspection and help it to go smoothly while ensuring that the inspector doesn't find a lot of problems with your house. Remember, if your pre-inspection finds issues, it's important to get them actually fixed instead of just trying to cover them up; inspectors are pros at finding concealed problems (literally), and concealment will make the buyers trust you less.