Home Inspection Tips (Sellers Guide)

Dated: March 3 2021

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Should you do a home inspection if you are selling your home, PRIOR to putting it on the market? I know there’s so much to think about when selling, it’s hard to decipher what to do, and what not to do. Hi, i’m Justin Hemker with with the Namas Team at EXP Realty and I'm helping sellers in and around Cary, North Carolina prepare their homes for sale. Now that you’ve spent time preparing your home for sale, why should you worry about a Home Inspection? I’ll tell you why. The home inspection is just as important as offer to purchase. Almost every buyer whose contract is accepted will do a Home Inspection, even their lender will recommend that they get one. The home inspection is designed to evaluate the general condition of your home and all of its mechanical systems. This inspection can either make or break your deal, so spending a little time on some of these issues BEFORE your home goes under contract will save you time and money in the end. Also, knowing what repairs requests may come up and the cost to fix them will help give you a better understanding of what your true proceeds will be. Let’s look at the major issues that often come up on a home inspection. #1 Electrical Issues – Make sure that all outlets, GFCIs, and switches work, and replace any broken outlet covers. Also, replace all burned out light bulbs to avoid an unnecessary negative observation like “Light is inoperable” on the report. Because home inspectors will not test to see if it is just a burned out bulb, the comment may suggest an electrical problem to the buyer. #2 Water and Plumbing – make sure you don’t have any leaky faucets or signs of leaking under your cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms, or on outside spigots. #3 Your HVAC system – Clean or replace dirty air filters. They should fit securely. #4 Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries. #5 Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; window panes, screens and locks; gutters, roof tiles, downspouts and chimney caps. #6 – Section 1 and Section 2 items. These include wood rot. Wood rot often occurs around door frames on exterior doors or on the siding of homes. This is common in older homes or homes that don't have a lot of sun exposure, but it can be easily addressed. Also, be sure to remove stored items, cardboard boxes, debris and wood from underneath the home in the crawl space. These may be cited as “conducive conditions” for termites or they very well may already have termites on them. Also, be sure to trim any tree limbs within 10 ft of the house. #7 Doors – make sure that all of your doors open, close and lock easily. Garage doors must also have working safety features like sensors. Lastly, #8 Recaulk around tubs, showers and countertops in bath rooms and countertops in kitchens. Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Your real estate agent will thank you! For any clarification of these items, feel free to call us here at the Namas Team. If you’re thinking about selling your Cary home, we are your neighborhood real estate experts! And remember, ‘We want you to love where you live'. I'm Justin Hemker, Realtor with the Namas Team, brokered by EXP Realty.

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Justin Hemker

Justin Hemker is a Triangle Area Real Estate sales and marketing expert. You will have a hard time finding a Realtor who truly cares for and works harder for his clients, has more passion for his job,....

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