You’re moving away and need to sell your house; your agent has found some interested buyers, and your ‘For Sale’ sign is paying off. You’ve got people coming by to see the house—or they’ve already had a look-see and they’re quite happy with what’s on the table.
You think the deal’s done and it’s all good to go. Your home will soon belong to someone else and you’re hoping to get a good deal on it, enough to help you save up or buy a new place elsewhere. But then your dream buyers bring up your worst nightmare: a home inspection.
Sometimes deals fall through after a home inspection. This tends to happen because of inconsistencies or contingencies in the contract that are included as a result of factors that emerge in the inspection.
How do sellers play their part?
We’re experts trained to see and pick up on problems that estate agents and even specialist contractors might not—so it’s not just your home that we’ll find potential issues with. Even with newly-built properties, we’re able to find dozens of issues that could arise without any fault of the builder or contractors they hired.
Some of the best tips that we can share with sellers wanting a good deal on their property are:
1) Speak to the buyer or inspector prior to their arrival
Be proactive and speak to your buyer or their inspector before the scheduled visit. Find out what they plan on inspecting—some inspections are specific, others more general. Knowing if they’re going to check roofing, HVAC, plumbing, wiring and electrical work, or just doing an inspection of one of these elements gives you a game plan to focus on. It also gives you time to prepare.
2) Clear up access to the areas that are being inspected
Now that you know when they’re coming and what they’ll observe, be sure to clear up the areas they’re going to be inspecting. Clear away bins, trash, boxes, drains and anything else that might be an obstruction.
This includes cleaning the perimeter of your house—since that’s a part of the exteriors—and checking for damage on the roof. Clean your drains and notice if there are missing slates; it’s one D.I.Y. project away from being ranked poorly.
3) Make sure your plumbing is in order
Ensure that there are no clogged toilets or leaky taps that get in the way of your sale. These are easy fixes to make on your own, so you’ll be saving on hiring a contractor. If it’s a major issue, you can have it negotiated in your contract.
4) Get rid of bugs and pests
Get rid of termites, mosquitoes, other pests that share your home with you. These can drive buyers away quite easily, since they’re associated with poor hygiene, negligence and other such issues.
Being thorough is your best bet to closing a deal. You can take the initiative and save on costs and missed opportunities. If you’re a seller looking to have their property inspected before putting your house on the market, you can reach out to us here.
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