If you are getting ready to sell your home, you need to prepare your property for these five different home inspections.
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If you are getting ready to sell your house, there are five inspections that I want you to be ready for before your home is on the market.
Every homebuyer wants to thoroughly investigate a property before they purchase it. The first inspection they order will be the general home inspection. They will hire a professional to look all through the house for any issues.
Many sellers now order a pre-inspection before listing their homes for sale. That way, you know if there are any issues with big ticket items. You can also fix or address any problems before your home hits the market, which will help you net a higher sales price.
The next thing buyers want is a roof inspection. We’re in the middle of monsoon season and hail damage is very common, so having your roof inspected is a good idea. Sometimes insurance will cover that hail damage.
The third kind of inspection is one that you should really do every year, and that is the HVAC inspection. Have a local contractor come out and service the HVAC system for you. Make sure everything is running well, especially in the middle of the summer. Doing so will help you net more money.
You should order an HVAC inspection every year.
Another big ticket item that you should have inspected is the septic system. Your onsite wastewater treatment facility has to be inspected, pumped, and certified prior to closing escrow. As a seller, the septic system needs to be in working order so you can transfer it and sell at the maximum price. If you are thinking of selling your home and you have any questions about your septic system, let us know. Putting in a new leach field or tank can be very expensive.
Finally, make sure that your home is prepared for the termite inspection. Those inspectors don’t just look for bugs—they also look for conditions conducive to wood rot. Basically, the inspector investigates any point where wood contact the house, from the eaves on the roof to the deck in your backyard.
In fact, deck joints can be a real problem. They are out of sight and out of mind, so if your inspector finds anything, it can be very expensive to replace. Some lenders even require termite inspections, so make sure that you pay attention to areas where wood rot is possible.
Maintaining these items can make all the difference in the world when it comes time to sell your home.
If you need to find a contractor to help with any of these items or if you have any other questions about preparing your home for sale, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!