Home Inspection Prep for Sellers

Dated: August 1 2022

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Home Inspection Tips - Home Sellers - Watson Realty

A home inspection is a critical step in taking your Bakersfield homes for sale from pending to sold.  But it can be an understandably stressful time for sellers. Someone is going through your home with an extremely detailed list while actively looking for defects. And often the process can turn up a surprise or two. Not only that, the sale of your home is usually contingent on the results. So it's easy to see why it's a good idea to prepare yourself and your home for this process.

  • Talk to your real estate agent for advice.
    Our agents have been through the home inspection process many, many times with our clients. They can help you understand the types of issues that are common in your area, offer advice on planning for potential repairs and help you assess how much leverage you have based on the results of the inspection.

  • Remember that home inspections require a lot of time.
    An average home will require at least 2-4 hours.­ Extra time may be necessary for special features like a pool. The age and size of the home can also influence the time required. Also keep in mind that sellers are usually required to leave during the inspection, so it may be easier to schedule at a time when everyone is out of the house anyway, or you can easily relocate them.

  • Make plans for the family pet too.
    The home inspection process has to be extremely thorough and includes all areas of the home. Leaving the family pet in one room or in their crate won't work.

  • Utilities need to be on and appliances will be tested.
    All the utilities need to be on not only to verify the condition of the home's major systems, such as plumbing and electrical, and it also verifies that the appliances work. Inspectors will also need remotes for things like ceiling fans or retractable awnings.

  • Declutter so the inspector can easily access everything.
    If they can't reach the electrical panel or can't see the basement walls that will be noted negatively in the report which won't do you any favors. It will probably irritate the buyers and makes you look uncooperative which may give them an excuse to back out of the sale.

  • Mentally prepare yourself for the results.
    You may still get a surprise, even though you've kept up with maintenance on your home. Remember not all the wear on a home is easily seen or obvious to someone that isn't trained to recognize it.

  • Be prepared to negotiate on the big items.
    Many of the things the inspector will find are small or cosmetic. But if the inspection turns up something that's a health and safety issue, water damage, code violations, or anything that threatens the structural integrity of the house, that will be a problem. It can be helpful to have a plan ahead of time and often you can negotiate with the buyers so you don't have to foot the entire bill.

  • Take care of minor repairs.
    If you didn't make them before putting your house up for sale and can complete them quickly, tightening those loose screws, and fixing the squeaky hinge or stuck window will mean there's a few less things on that long list. It may make you feel a little better about the process too.  

A lot goes into selling your home and our agents at Watson Realty can help you every step of the way. Contact us today to get started!

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