Charlotte Home Seller Tips – My Home Inspection is Next Week – What Do I Need to Do?
Preparation in any business is the best way to offset potential hurdles DURING the process. Selling a home is no different! Staging your Charlotte home for sale brings your more money in less time. De-cluttering before listing your Charlotte home takes days and sometimes weeks off of an already stressful, labor-intensive packing process during your move. Finally, preparing for a home inspection can truly prevent a catastrophe following the buyers’ receipt of the home inspection report.
Here are a few very simple things that you can do to prepare for your home’s inspection:
- Replace all burned-out light bulbs*
- Unlock crawl space**
- Remove items from the attic to allow for a full inspection of the attic space**
- Remove items from the walls of the garage to allow for full inspection by the general/mechanical inspector, termite inspector and the structural engineer’s inspection.**
- Replace any worn washers on plumbing fixtures
- Check for any leaks under sinks and have a plumber address any issues you may be suspect of. If you have had a leak in the past and ‘old stains’ are present in any area, leave a note for the inspector explaining the cause of the leak and any remedy that was necessary to correct it. Some sellers maintain great records and can even leave a copy of the contractor’s invoice to show that the work was done and/or warranted.***
- Have your windows cleaned – some inspectors incorrectly note a window to have a broken seal when, indeed, the window was merely dirty.****
- Caulk where necessary around sinks and tubs.
- If a toilet bowl is wobbly, chances are the rubber ring beneath is worn and needs replacement; have it replaced.
- Label your breaker box properly – each breaker should have a label specifying the part of the house that it controls.
- Have your HVAC serviced and save your receipt.
- Have your pest control company inspect prior to listing or prior to inspections. Again, save your receipt.
*Replacing light bulbs can avoid inspector comments such as
- “Contact electrician to determine viability of ceiling lights in the following rooms…”
- “Multiple fixtures are not working when switched on. Have electrician evaluate to be determine the cause.”
These types of comments put doubt into buyers minds – some will even terminate the transaction, thinking that there is a safety issue with the electrical. A simple light bulb change can save more time than you know!
**Unlocking the crawl space, making the attic space accessible and the garage cleared for inspections can prevent you paying a return fee for one or more inspectors. Buyers expect total accessibility for inspections and when they don’t have that, they will have the inspector(s) bill sellers for the return visit when all items are cleared for their inspections.
***A simple note of explanation can prevent ‘alarmist’ inspectors from stating that the roof may need repair, or worse – replacing.
****One of the most requested items that Charlotte home sellers receive is to replace windows with broken seals. The fact is that oftentimes, the window is simply cloudy from dirt – not a broken seal. Avoid the wasted time and expense of having a window repairman visit your home by cleaning your windows before you list or before your inspection.
Best of luck with your Charlotte home inspections! If you have other questions pertaining to listing your Charlotte home, give us a call or text at (704) 491-3310 or email us at SavvyBroker@me.com.
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