As a seller, you need to find out if there are hidden issues that need fixing before you put your home on the market!
You would be surprised to see the substantial improvements home inspection companies have made in Charlotte, NC.
Home inspection is normally handled by your buyers but my team and I recommend that if you’re selling your home for top dollar, you need to match it with the same level of preparation.
Why is it necessary to do a home inspection before any purchase?
Your home consists of many complex components including heating, plumbing, electrical, air-conditioning systems, structural framing, and other physical components.
If the home you are trying to sell does not have the structural integrity to give you the confidence to show it to your buyers, you may just be wasting your time.
Here are the most important things you should know:
- I can work with you as we choose your own home inspector. If REALTORS? have the National Association of Realtors (NAR), inspectors also have their National Association of Home Inspectors, Inc. (NAHI). This means that members completed an approved home inspector training program, passed the written exam, and adhere to the NAHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
- Home inspections are designed to determine any adverse conditions your home may have. Be sure to be present when the inspection is administered. This way, you learn what needs repair or if there are any safety-related concerns that need to be addressed. Remember, no house is perfect and it’s expected that the home inspector will uncover faults. This is to help you as a seller and not just to do destructive testing.
- Inspectors aren’t responsible for the condition of your home. Keep in mind that they are not part of the sales transaction. They will possibly tell us that your walls and floors need to be replaced. What happens afterward will be up to us as a seller and your agent.
- Home inspection reports only include the basics. You’ll expect a detailed report about your home’s exterior, steps, chimneys, roofs, windows, decks, doors, attics, electrical components, plumbing, air conditioning, and garages.
You may also need additional help from a:
- Mold inspector
- Pest inspector
- Soil inspector
What are the most common defects established during home inspections?
- Ceiling stains – stains are difficult to determine if this is part of an existing leak or were caused by leaks that have already been repaired.
- Rotted wood – you can find this in tubs, showers, and toilets.
- Roofing – usually damaged, most roofs either need maintenance or to be repaired, ask your inspector if replacing the entire roof will save you more in the long run.
- Water heater installations – most heater installations do not follow the local plumbing code so this needs a serious attention.
- Electrical defects – this may come from underground outlets wired incorrectly all over your house.
How to prepare for an inspection?
If you’re a home seller, you will need a pre-listing home inspection which means that if anything needs an upgrade or replacement you will handle it on your terms. Another option that’s common in the market is a short sale, where you can present your house as is and adjust your selling price proportionally.
It is highly important to accompany the inspector so you can inform them of the items you’ve seen in your home that you feel are a cause for concern.
Make sure that the areas that need inspection are accessible, declutter rooms so the listing photos look better, and complete minor repairs such as replacing door handles and so on.
If you’re thinking of selling a home in Charlotte, NC, there’s only one team to get in touch with!
It’s Showcase Realty!
Look for me, Nancy Braun, or any of the more than 50 efficient and best-in-class agents. We can help you sell your house fast, and for more!
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We know what works well and we’d like to share it with you! Call us today at 704-997-3794!