With spring just around the corner, you may be considering listing your home soon. This can be a very stressful process, but here at the McCabe Real Estate Group, we pledge to work our hardest to remove as much stress as possible. One of the ways you can make the sale of your home run as smoothly as possible is by considering having it pre-inspected prior to listing.
A pre-inspection allows you, the seller, to know in advance what issues your home may have that could potentially lead to your sale falling through later down the road. More importantly, it places the power in the seller’s hands, as it allows you the knowledge to make repairs early so the buyer can’t later mark up the costs. It also gives buyers peace of mind as they can know in advance the condition of the home.
So what exactly should you include in the pre-inspection? According to Trulia, you should consider the following:
- Whole home inspections – A top to bottom review of your home from the foundation to the roof. These inspections are often very extensive and include detailed reports on all of the systems of the home including plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, and structural components.
- Pest and dry rot inspections – These inspections are focused on identifying evidence of active (and inactive) wood destroying organisms like carpenter ants and termites and the damage they may have caused. In addition inspectors will identify issues that can cause rot in a home like leaking water pipes, poor ventilation, earth to wood contact, and moisture problems.
- Well and septic inspections – In rural areas many homes use well and septic systems for drinking water and sanitation. Inspections of wells focus on gallons per minute production and the safety of the drinking water while septic inspections focus on making sure the tanks and lines moving the waste water away from the home are functioning properly.
- Roof inspections – A roof inspection will evaluate the current state of the roof system identifying problem areas such as missing tiles, valleys and flashing which may need repair, gutter systems, downspouts, and the estimated life span of the current materials.
- Foundation inspections – Often a foundation inspection may be called for if a home is built on a soil type or area that has a history of slippage, or if the foundation is showing signs of fractures. In addition many buyers order a foundation inspection if a home is older or if the home has beams which are sagging due to a lack of support.
Remember, anything that is revealed in a pre-inspection must be disclosed to potential buyers, but if you are serious about selling your home, wouldn’t it be best to know this information sooner instead of later?
If you are considering selling your home, we would be happy to help you find the right inspector for your home. Please let us help you make this process as easy as possible!