If you’re buying or selling your home this spring, make sure that you get a home inspection.
If you are the seller in the real estate transaction, eventually your buyers are going to want to conduct a home inspection. So give yourself a peace of mind and conduct an inspection ahead of time.
We get it, the process of buying or selling your home can be a very stressful and time consuming process. However, the purpose of a home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but having an home inspection can initially produce the opposite effect depending on the findings from the inspection.So what should you do?
Relax, Keep Calm, Get A Home Inspection!In most cases a home inspection will be related to maintenance recommendations and minor imperfections that are good to know about. Your Home inspection will entail a written report, including checklists and photos, and observations from the home inspector during the inspection.
The issues that really matter in your home inspection will fall into four categories:
- Major defects, such as structural failure;
- Conditions that can lead to major defects, such as roof leak;
- Issues that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home if not rectified immediately
- Safety hazards, such as an exposed buss bar at the electrical panel.
It’s important to know that no house is perfect and that sellers aren’t necessarily obligated to fix everything mentioned in your inspection report. Having a home inspection performed ahead of time gives you the peace of mind to address any issues that may potentially derail the sale of the property.
Although the process of a real-estate transaction may be stressful, there is peace in knowing the current state of your home will give you ample time to make decisions and work with your selling agent to pinpoint the most critical issues to work on to improve the home’s appearance and condition.
Which ultimately gives you more time to make repairs, compare bids on the necessary improvements and provide full-disclosure to your potential buyers. By having a home inspection ahead of time you give yourself ample time to strategically work with your selling agent. Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways and is beneficial to all parties involved.
Reasons Why Sellers Should Have A Home Inspection:
- It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical and neutral third party.
- It alerts you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
- It may alert you to items of immediate concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
- It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that …Defects won't become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
- There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy Permit.
- You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself if qualified.
- It helps you to price your home realistically.
- It may relieve prospects' concerns and suspicions.
- It may encourage the buyer to waive his inspection contingency.
- It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
Homeownership comes with important responsibility and can be rewarding and joyful experience, so be sure to contact an InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector to help you with the home inspection process. If you're a homeowner work with your inspector to help devise an annual maintenance plan that will keep your family safe and keep your property in top condition for years to come.
Have questions about the home inspection process or would like to request a home inspection quote? Contact Tim Rupon from S&J Home Inspections to guide you through the home inspection process. Tim is an InterNACHI-certified Home Inspector with extensive knowledge and experience as a Residential Home Inspector professional serving buyer and sellers across the Midlands of Columbia SC and surrounding areas! #RBI 2627