Should you do a home inspection 🔍 if you’re selling your home prior to putting it on the market? Famous question from many of our sellers. I know there’s so much to think about when selling. It’s hard to decipher what to do or what not to do. Hi, I’m Natasha Carroll with Natasha Carroll Realty. I’ve helped sellers prepare their homes for sale here in Houston, Cypress, Katy, Texas, and the surrounding areas. Now that you’ve spent time preparing your home for sale, why should you worry about a home inspection? I’ll tell you why.
The home inspection on your home is just as important as the contract 📃 offer. Almost every buyer whose contract is accepted, will do a home inspection. Even their lender will recommend that they get one. The home inspection is designed to evaluate the general condition of your home and all of its mechanical systems. The inspection can either make or break your deal. So spending a little time on some of the issues before your home goes under contract will save you time and money in the end. Also knowing what repairs that may come up and the costs 💵 to fix them will help you get a better understanding of what your true proceeds will be when you close on your home. Let’s look at the major issues that often come up on a home inspection.
𝙉𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙣𝙚 , electrical issues. Make sure that all of your outlets, GFC eyes, and switches work and replace any broken outlets. Also replaced burnt out light bulbs into avoid the negative observation like lights operable on the report that may suggest any electrical problem. 𝙉𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙬𝙤, water and plumbing. Make sure you don’t have any leaky faucets or signs of leaking under your cabinets, in your kitchen and bathrooms, or outside spigots. 𝙉𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙚𝙚, AC system. Clean or replace your dirty air filter. They should fit securely. 𝙉𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙤𝙪𝙧, test smoke and carbon monoxide protectors and replace their batteries. 𝙉𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙞𝙫𝙚, attend to any broken or missing items like door knobs, locks, latches, window seals, screens and locks, gutters, roof tiles, downspouts, chimney caps.
𝙉𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙞𝙭x, make sure you work on section one and two items. These are the dry rot. Dry rot often occurs around your doorframes of your exterior of your homes and siding of your homes. This is common in that they are older and have a lot of sun exposure, but it can easily be addressed. Also be sure to remove any stored debris, wood around your home or in your crawl spaces, definitely outside around the house. These may be cited as conducive conditions for termites. Are they very well may already have termites on them. So please, please check. Be sure to trim any trees on limbs within 10 feet of your home. 𝙉𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣, doors. Make sure that all your doors open, close, lock easily. Garage doors must also have working security features like sensors. 𝙉𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙚𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩, recaulk your tubs and showers and countertops in your bathrooms and your kitchen. Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Your real estate agent will thank you. For any clarification of these items, feel free to call us here at Natasha Carroll Realty. If you’re thinking about selling your Houston, Cypress or Katy, Texas, home, we are your Houston Texas, area real estate experts. Have an awesome home buying and selling day.