So you’ve listed your house for sale, found a buyer, and agreed on a price. Your house is almost sold, but it’s not quite time to start packing the moving boxes yet—you still have to pass a Knoxville home inspection.
Home inspections can be a pain but preparing for it before putting your house on the market will give you the confidence that your home is in good shape.
You don’t want buyers withdrawing their offer because something screwy came up on their home inspection. Finding out the issues in advance and disclosing them is the key to getting through the inspection period.
Here are five steps you can follow to prepare for the buyers home inspection and get the sale closed.
As a seller, you are required by law to disclose any known material conditions that you are aware of to the buyer. Although the information that sellers must provide differs by state, it’s a good idea to disclose any known faults upfront to maximize your sale price.
If a home inspector identifies a problem you weren’t aware of, it could kill the sale. The sales price will be established with the issue already factored in if the issue is disclosed ahead of time.
Depending on the market conditions when you list your home, you could hire your own Knoxville home inspection then fix whatever he/she/they find.
Home inspectors find issues with the systems of the home then point out those issues in their report. Finding issues ahead of time and addressing them helps to protect your initial listing price.
If you don’t plan to do repairs, that should be disclosed upfront as well. This could, however, affect the desirability of your home.
Getting systems inspections is also a good idea. If you decide against your own prior to sale home inspection, it’s worth your time and money to have your home looked at by individual professionals.
Plumbers, electricians and HVAC professionals can inspect the individual systems and give you a short report. Sometimes going this route is more comprehensive and cheaper than a general home inspection.
If it’s been a while since your last check-up, make an appointment to have your mechanical systems inspected and serviced by a specialist.
Make sure there are no obstacles in the way of a home inspector getting into any part of the house, including the basement and attic. If clutter prevents entry, the buyer’s home inspector may believe the homeowner is attempting to hide something and report it.
Prepare by keeping your home clean and clutter-free. Unlock all the doors and gates in the house so they can finish the report without any problems.
While preparing for the home inspection, keep track of all the repairs you’ve made. Have all this documentation on hand in case the inspection report raises concerns about the repairs. These receipts could help you in the disclosure phase.
Ready to sell your Knoxville home? Working with a real estate agent can help you prepare for your Knoxville home inspection. A great agent will be able to give you advice on addressing potential problems and give you tips on what buyers will be looking for in your home.
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