When you're selling a house, few moments are more nerve-wracking than the home inspection. No matter how much you've prepared for the big day and how well you've maintained your home over the years, there will always be some anxiety until the inspector gives your home a clean bill of health. Avoiding unpleasant surprises during a home inspection starts with preparation and education. It is important to prepare your home for the inspection, and educate yourself on what to expect from each step in the inspection process. We're here to help, by highlighting three big mistakes that you definitely don't want to make on inspection day.
Home Inspection Disasters: Three Big Mistakes to Avoid on Inspection Day
- Not Researching Your Inspector – Settling for a substandard home inspector is one of the easiest mistakes to make when selling your home, and only invites problems in the future. A good home inspector is not necessarily hard to find, but you will definitely want to do some research before choosing who will inspect your home. The best home inspectors take their work seriously, and understand what it takes to create a comprehensive picture of the home's health.
Word of mouth referrals remain one of the best ways to identify a good home inspector. Start by finding a REALTOR® that you trust, and asking them for feedback on inspectors in your area. If a friend, family member, or colleague recently had an inspection, they might have good advice as well. Even if you do get a referral from a trusted source, take the time to research the inspector on your own to be sure.
- Not Prepping Your Home – Let's say you're selling a house in Dallas and it's the heart of summer. Your inspector arrives, already sweating from the summer heat and finds a home with obstructions around every corner. The basement is locked, the closets are full to the brim with stuff and kids' toys are strewn on the floor. Not a great way to encourage a careful, thorough home inspection.
A messy, cluttered home will make life much more difficult for you, and your home inspector. Prepare for inspection day by cleaning the home, clearing space around attic/crawlspace access points, and gathering keys for any doors that the inspector will need to open.
- Depending on DIY – This is one of the most common home inspection mistakes, but also one of the easiest to avoid. Whether you're addressing potential problems before inspection or making repairs afterward, only attempt DIY repairs if you have extensive experience with the work required. There is little more frustrating than sinking hours and dollars into a major DIY repair project only to find out from your home inspector that professional repairs will still be needed.
So if you're selling a house in Fort Worth and have some structural issues to deal with, contacting a contractor you trust is a great way to avoid potential headaches. This is another situation where it really pays to get feedback from your REALTOR® and others you trust because finding the right contractor will make your life much easier. There are many merits to DIY projects when the pressure is lower, but home inspection just isn't the right time to show off your handy side.
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