5 Tips for a Smooth Home Inspection

You’ve receive an offer on your house! Now what? The buyer will hire a professional to inspect the house for any disrepair. Here are 5 steps you can take to have a smooth home inspection!

 

 

1. Go through and make sure all utility systems and appliances are up and running. This includes the gas fireplaces, heat pumps and furnaces, dishwashers, ceiling fans, bathroom fans, and all light bulbs. If a hallway light is out, simply because it needs a new bulb, it may get called out for not being functional. So, avoid this issue by going through and checking everything with a switch!

 

2. Clear access to the attic, crawl space, and electric panel. The home inspector will need access to these areas to assess the condition of the foundation and roof. Also, the electric panel must have clear access, as the inspector will take off the cover and verify wiring is up to code. 

 

3. Two commonly called out issues, which are currently required by state laws, are carbon monoxide detectors and earthquake straps for water heaters. There must be a carbon monoxide detector on each floor in main common areas. In addition, an earthquake strap is required for any traditional water heater. These are easy to install, inexpensive, and can be picked up at your nearest home improvement store.

 

4. Check all water supply sources and sink drains. These commonly have small leaks that can easily be addressed. Best to take some time and check all potential leak sights to prevent them from being called out by the inspector. Also, clear out anything in the bathtub and sinks, as all the plumbing fixtures will be ran during the inspection. 

 

5. Make plans for you, any family members, and any pets for at least 3 hours outside the home at the time of the inspection. If you can’t bring your pet with you, make sure they are properly secured in a kennel for their safety.

 

As a final note, many sellers want to know who will be at the house during the time of the inspection. The buyer’s real estate agent will be there to provide access to the property. Clearly, the home inspector hired by the buyer. Finally, the home buyer may elect to be there as well. Feel free to ask your agent to confirm that the buyer’s inspector is licensed and bonded or insured before the inspection. Real estate agents participate in home inspections regularly. If you have any specific concerns, ask your listing agent!


Other Topics That May Be of Interest

How To Prepare Your Home For Sale

When Is The Best Time of Year to Sell My House?


Mike Petrillo is a licensed real estate agent in the state of Washington. For more information about buying or selling personal property in the Tri-Cities area, feel free to reach out via email or text, or submit an inquire here: https://petrilloproperties.com/contact-me

 Author:

Mike Petrillo

Real Estate Agent

mikepetrillo@windermere.com | 509-579-2247 | 490 Bradley Blvd, Richland, WA 99352

Posted on February 25, 2019 at 6:17 pm
Mike Petrillo | Category: Selling FAQ's, Tri-Cities Real Estate Information

When is the best time of year to sell my house?

Selling your house is a major event! Typically, something has changed in your life that has prompted this decision. Maybe you need more space, or maybe your kids have moved out and it’s time to downsize. Regardless, when you feel it’s about time for a change, you have some choices to make. So the next question you have is, ‘when should i sell my house?’.

 

 

Most real estate industry professionals agree, along with years of market statistics, that the housing market begins to ramp up in the spring, peaks in the summer, and tapers off in the fall. The conventional wisdom behind this is to make homes available, and moving convenient, for families before the school year starts.

 

So, the big question is, where is the ‘sweet’ spot? Late spring and/or early summer. This is the time of year when the real estate market has begun to get into full swing, and serious home buyers are ready to make a move. The inventory of available houses hasn’t filled up yet, and buyers want to make sure they have time to find the right house and move in with time to spare! Also, if your homes potential pool of buyers probably needs to sell a house to make the transition, you want to give them ample time to get their house on the market during the hot season.

 

Make sure to give your real estate agent a call at least a month before you want your house on the market. It takes time to prepare your home to go live. This includes ‘de-cluttering’ and complete any unfinished projects, schedule professional photography, determine a marketing strategy, and make your home ‘go live’ on the market!

 

Want to know more about the in’s and out’s of selling real estate? Learn more about selling a home here: Selling A Home

 


Mike Petrillo is a licensed real estate agent in the state of Washington. For more information about buying or selling personal property in the Tri-Cities area, feel free to reach out via email or text, or submit an inquire here: https://petrilloproperties.com/contact-me

 Author:

Mike Petrillo

Real Estate Agent

mikepetrillo@windermere.com | 509-579-2247 | 490 Bradley Blvd, Richland, WA 99352

Posted on February 20, 2019 at 7:43 pm
Mike Petrillo | Category: Selling FAQ's