The Benefits of a Home Inspection

home-inspection.jpgSelling your home may require the simple task of rearranging your furniture or giving it a fresh coat of paint. However, this may not be so simple at all times.
Several factors can prevent you from closing off the deal when you decide to sell your home. Underlying flaws such as mold, structural defects and insect invasions are often bothersome issues to home sellers. Most times the seller is unaware that the defects are there. It is best to get a inspection done for your home if the sale process is to run smoothly. You may not do the actual fixing of the problems yourself but the pre-sale inspection will reduce your chances of withdrawn offers resulting from the defects in your property.
The usual cost of a home inspection may range from $300 to $600. While this may seem a pricey rate, the home inspection can save you several thousand dollars. If you have a luxury home up for sale, a inspection is necessary. The market is very competitive so don’t allow the slightest defects to scare potential buyers away or allow you to get real low offers for your home.

What to expect from a Home Inspection

A home inspection will look at the existing conditions of every aspect of your home, including roofing, cooling and heating systems, attic, electrical systems, walls, visible insulation, floors, ceilings, windows, doors, basement, foundation, gutters and drainage systems, eaves and crawl spaces, landscaping, and all visible structural mechanisms.

How do you prepare for a home inspection? The following tips will make the job easier for the inspector and ensure accuracy in the process. Here are a few things you should do before the inspector comes.

Clean your gutters. If your gutters and pipes are clean, the inspector will be able to detect any drainage problems. Ensure that you check basement entry drains, downspouts and condensation drains.
Clean or replace your HVAC filter
Check your windows and doors and make the necessary replacements before the inspection.
Add some paint to exterior wood that has signs of damage or weathering
Plug around trim, chimneys, windows and doors to prevent drafts. Plug exterior wall openings.
Remove mulch from siding to allow the inspector to check the foundations. Allow 6-8 inches of clear space.
Replace all burned out light bulbs especially those in the attic and basement.
Leaks in plumbing fixtures are annoying. Repair leaks in sinks and toilets.
Allow easy access to eaves, basement, attic, crawl spaces, sheds, garage and other less frequently used areas of your property.
By completing these simple steps, you can help to ensure an effective home inspection process. A pre-sale inspection will also ensure that the inspector will not visit your property a second time. A pre-sale inspection report is of vital importance not only to you but to the buyer as well. Once you have completed a pre-sale inspection, make certain you give your realtor a copy of the report, which will be shared with the potential buyer.