Waiting on the home inspection report can be tough, sometimes even more when you’re the seller.
Will YOUR home inspection include any of the things that fail a home inspection?
There is nothing worse than having to put your home back up on the market after a deal has fallen through. For sellers, it might save you time, money and a sale if you consider a pre-listing home inspection.
What are the things that fail a home inspection?
Remember there is no pass OR fail when it comes to your home inspection report. The report is just providing an overall glance at the current state of the home. Even if your home is in horrible shape, the buyer can absolutely decide to purchase your home, they might be repo-DIY-ers or investors.
On the flip side, the buyers or lenders may still back out of the deal, and it’s their right to.
While keeping that in mind, let’s go over some preventative measures that’ll help you prepare your home for a sale that won’t fall through!
The roof is one of the bigger ticket items when it comes to replacing it. It also protects everything and everyone in the home! A leak can lead to large problems in a short time which also lead to larger expenses.
Replacing your roof right before selling your home might not be in your budget, and that’s okay. However be prepared to negotiate your selling terms because most buyers will likely want to replace it depending on the extent of the damages.
Electrical issues are another priority in home inspections.
Typically found in older homes, common electrical issues include electrical panels and wiring that are no longer up to code or improperly wired and re-wired over the years. Most electrical is kept out of sight so it’s hard to find problems that may be developing until it’s too late.
Leaks that result in water damage can create super expensive issues that go beyond replacing the plumbing. However, plumbing is also hidden well in the walls which means a problem can go undetected for quite a while.
Consider getting your plumbing, walls and areas around your wet spaces scanned by thermal imaging. This will tell you exactly where, if any, leaks are happening in your home.
Pests or Termites
For potential home buyers, wood destroying organisms can be a huge red flag. Even if the damages seem minor, they have likely weakened the areas they’ve consumed or destroyed. It’s not only smart to take preventative pest control measures on your home, but to also have your home inspected before listing for these pesky pests.
The list of deal breakers will differ from one buyer to the next so remember there is no PASS or FAIL, just preference or what is allowed by lenders.
After your home inspection you may have some additional repairs to handle based on the request of the buyer, or by your decision if the sale has fallen through.
Just remember, the home inspection report is knowledge. It allows you and the buyer to make informed decisions based on unbiased licensed professionals reporting.
If you are looking for a licensed professional home inspector, call Rogue Inspection Services today! We provide you with peace of mind, prompt and thorough reports and unmatched customer service!