Selling your home has been described as one of the most stressful experiences a person will have in their lifetime. As an agent, it’s my job to help you keep calm and focused. But when it comes to the Home Inspection, you probably aren’t used to having a stranger go through your entire house opening closets, poking around in the attic and the basement, testing appliance and heating systems and spending time in your bathrooms checking for leaks. Sometimes the stress can be a major nightmare.
But the home inspection process is not always as bad as you may think. Once the inspection is completed you then have the chance to make the house right for the buyer, and will have no further issues arising after the sale.
There are steps you should take before we even get to the inspection. Of the things I do as a Realtor, is take a walk through the house and point out various items that I think the inspectors will find such as leaking faucets or cracked or fogged over windows.
Something else I do is suggest that the seller get a home inspection of their own. That way they you’ll have the opportunity to be ahead of any situations that may arise, and you can take care of the problems before potential buyers even see them. Face facts. If you have a window that does not operate properly, their inspector will find it. You may not even know about it.
I do not recommend that the seller be home when the buyer performs their inspection. However, if the seller does remain at home for the inspection, I will make it a point to be there myself to act as an intermediary should anything arise.
Sellers please remember anything that an inspector may find, it’s not personal. Remember the end goal is to make sure that the sale goes through and does not get bogged down in the inspection procedure.