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Inspection Tips for Sellers and Buyers


If you’re scheduled for an upcoming home inspection and are unsure of what to expect, know that there’s no need to stress over this process. No matter if you’re buying or selling, the home inspector is there to assess the property and inform you of any issues that need to be fixed. Ultimately, your best interest is the main focus of the job. Here are some tips that will help make the process run smoothly.

For Sellers:

  1. Try to keep your pets outdoors. Pets can be a distraction and possible safety hazard for the inspector as they’re checking the ins and outs of the home. Often, they will need to open and shut doors, so please take your pets with you if you choose to leave during the inspection (this is suggested so the inspector can do their job with as little interruption as possible). You could leave them outside, but keep in mind they may run indoors if the opportunity is presented, so keep them in their designated kennel/area until the job is completed.
  2. Thoroughly clean before the inspection. You won’t get into trouble for not having a spotless countertop or sparkling windows, but do keep your home free of clutter. You wouldn’t want the inspector tripping over objects or having to stop and move items to get to the area he needs to check.

For Buyers:

  1. Know that it’s possible for your home to have some issues. Don’t take it personally; there may be some things that need to be improved. This doesn’t mean your house is worthless or in terrible condition. The inspector is making you aware of these issues to prevent further problems from occurring AND by making sure you get the home you paid for in the end. If they have a long list, don’t get upset. Most are small maintenance issues that can easily be fixed. It’s possible to have more serious issues, but the inspector will let you know which problems need to be resolved first.
  2. Chances are, most of what he or she finds can be fixed. When given the list of concerns, it’s possible you may find something along the lines of the scarier problems – mold, radon, asbestos. But no matter if it’s these or needing a new roof, it can and will be fixed. It’s always best to catch these problems early on so that they don’t cause serious problems later.
  3. One of your top priorities when it comes to issues should be those that are water related. Water damage can be costly and if the issue goes ignored, it’s easy for that problem to develop into the growth of mold and bacteria in your home – causing you more money in repairs. If your inspector finds leaks or puddles in ceilings, walls, floors, and especially the basement… fix those immediately.
  4. Your home inspector cannot predict the lifespan of your home. While they can provide a rough estimate, ultimately the home inspector is there to tell you what sort of shape your home is in, not how long a certain aspect will hold up over time.
  5. Don’t give up on your dream home. Some buyers get so stressed out over the list of repairs that they let it affect the love they have for the home. Of course, it all depends on the list of things that need to be repaired. But after the home inspection is completed, weigh the cost of repairs needed and give yourself time to consider if this home is worth the investment. Keep in mind some repairs may be more serious than the others, and while they will need to be fixed immediately, many can most likely be repaired over time so that you aren’t spending a lot of money all at once.