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2016-07-05 05:52:01
SELLERS: How to Get Ready for Your Home Inspection

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    How to get ready for the inspection !


Most homeowners have NO idea what is getting ready to happen  when the inspector walks thru their door. Most people believe that they keep their home in good repair and that the inspector won’t find much. They don’t know, and their Realtor hasn’t mentioned, that TREC determines what we must inspect and it’s a LOT!


The TREC inspection stds. are the MINIMUM we must adhere to and most inspectors go above and beyond that, often by a considerable degree. Those standards (17 pages) can be found at the top of the “inspector information” page on the TREC website.


What should a seller do to prepare for the inspection?  Here are a few suggestions from my 33 years in the business:


1.   Have a roofer check out your roof. Most need minor repairs if they’re more than 10 yrs. old. is a good place to find all sorts of contractors. Most roofers will give you a free roof inspection


2.   If you suspect foundation problems, have that checked out too. It’s free !  Centex House Leveling, All in One Foundation and Level Best Foundation are 3 reputable companies in Austin.


3.   Get a termite inspection. Most older homes, even if they don’t have termites or other wood destroying insects, have “conducive conditions” which will show up on the buyer’s inspection and may result in the seller being asked to have a treatment performed.  Most pest control companies will give you a free inspection.


4.   Install gfci outlets in kitchen (and not just by the sink!), baths, outside and in garage if you don’t already have them. Those are the funny looking plugs with the 2 pushbuttons on them. Most inspections find them missing in at least 2-3 areas.


5. Have your a/c system checked out. It’s a rare hvac that doesn’t need some kind of servicing or maintenance. At the very least, make sure your filters are clean!


6.   Make sure all the items an inspector has to look at are ACCESSIBLE like the water heater, attic access and breaker panel. Nothing puts an inspector in a bad mood like having to move all your stuff to get to an inspection item.


7.   Repair any obvious rot outside. Buyers REALLY don’t like this. Pressure wash or stain/paint your deck too. A lot of the ones we see are pretty pitiful looking.  For that matter fix anything you KNOW needs repair. A clean inspection report will really help sell the house!


8. If the house is vacant, consider having it staged. It’s $1000 or more but it DOES help and statistics prove the house will sell for more.


If you want to get a good idea of what’ll show up on a buyer’s inspection, GET ONE. You’ll be surprised, trust me. For a slab house less than 2000sf, the fee will be less than $400 on average.  IF you do get one, you must disclose it to the buyer.


 If you go to my website you can see a sample inspection. (My form is a very simple one.  A lot of inspectors have reports that are 40-60 pages! )



ENERGY SAVINGS TIP OF THE MONTH: Put styrofoam liners behind all your plugs and switches + put baby caps on all your plugs (you'll notice your a/c filter will stay clean a lot longer due to reduced air infiltration from outside)


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