How to Nail Your Home Inspection

Whether buying or selling a home, it’s easy to think that the home inspection is out of your hands. After all, you’re not the home inspector! But you have an important role in the inspection process, too. Here are a few tips for making sure that your home inspection goes smoothly.

Choose the Right Inspector
Not all home inspectors are created equal! It’s important to select an inspector who is qualified for the job. Are they certified? How were they trained? How long have they been inspecting homes? You want a home inspector who can not only identify any possible problems with the building, but also communicate those problems to you in a clear, understandable way.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
It can be difficult to get a good inspector scheduled on short notice — instead, you may end up having to settle for a less qualified inspector if you’re in a rush. And sellers, get the home inspected before you put it on the market! That way, you’ll have plenty of time to make any repairs needed, rather than cramming them in at the last minute when buyers uncover issues in a pre-sale inspection.

Be Present
Sellers, you’ll want to be there to greet the inspector, and then get out of their way. (Prep ahead of time to make sure your entire
home is accessible, including attic, crawl space, shed, etc.) Buyers, it’s a good idea to attend the inspection if possible. Touring the
house with the inspector not only gives you a fuller picture than
a report could, but also gives you the opportunity to ask questions.

Read the Report Thoroughly
It might feel like homework, but it’s worth setting aside the time to actually sit down and read through the home inspection report. The report is essentially a breakdown of everything wrong with the house, and what will need to be done to correct it.It’s a buyer’s nightmare to get an inspection done, purchase the home, move in, and then uncover a major, expensive problem a few months later — and it’s a seller’s nightmare for a pre-sale inspection to uncover a major, expensive problem in the final days of the sale process. Everyone benefits from hiring the right inspector early and committing to participating in the process.

Do you or someone you know need help buying or selling a home? We’d love to help! Feel free to call or email any time.

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Budget for These Hidden Home Selling Costs

How much does it cost to sell your home?
When selling your home, your financial investment doesn’t end with the list price!

Here are a few hidden costs that you should be prepared to encounter when you put your house up for sale.

Repairs and updates — Whether it’s a few coats of paint or replacing light fixtures, there will be small improvements and upgrades to be made. Plus, your home inspection may turn up a few things that need to be addressed.

Closing costs — Usually the buyer pays closing costs, but they might also request that you cover that as part of their offer. Keep in mind that closing costs are often 2-5% of the purchase price.

Fees— You’ll need to pay any outstanding sales and transfer tax, as well as property taxes. Make sure to also budget for things like title insurance, HOA fees, and similar fees.Nationwide, the average cost of selling your home is around $15,000. And of course, that number can be higher in more expensive cities.

But don’t worry: I am here here to help! As you get ready to sell your home, you have a trusted expert in your corner to help you budget, prepare your home for sale, list it, and review offers — so these hidden costs don’t sneak up on you.

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