When trying to sell your house, a home inspection is a critical part of the process. Sometimes, a good home inspector will find an issue that could cause the buyers to second-guess their offer or request that you pay for repairs – either directly, by contributing more to closing costs, or lowering the price.
Today, Brentwood buyers are often looking to purchase a house that doesn’t require a lot of work. Buyers want to know their future home has been taken care of properly. As a result, they are also often willing to pay top dollar for a home in turnkey condition. So, when they see your house for the first time, you want them to focus on all its endearing characteristics and amenities. Cracks in the walls, old water stains on the ceilings, busted gutters and other repairs can quickly give buyers cold feet.
For many sellers, a pre-inspection is a wise investment. A pre-inspection covers the examination of your home’s major systems to identify necessary repairs and updates. This allows you to fix any issues in advance for a smooth sale.
Here’s How the Process Works:
Home inspections cover all system and major component defects and deficiencies, and areas of your home that need updating or repairs. The value, functionality and safety of a home is determined by assessing the quality of the following areas:
- Roof and Gutter System
- Basement and/or Garage
- Heating System and/or Furnace
- Air-Conditioning System
- Water Heater
- Water Softener
- Electrical & Lighting
- Structure (Inside and Out)
- Deck and Patio
A home inspection determines the condition through visual examination and data analysis including the following:
- How old is your roof? How many years before the new buyer will need to replace it?
- What’s the condition of your attic insulation?
- Are your windows insulated and in good working condition?
- What’s the age and condition of your home’s heating and cooling systems?
- What’s the age and condition of your wiring and fuse box?
- Are there cracks in your foundation, deck or patio?
- What type of plumbing is in your home? Is your water pressure good?
- Are there signs of mildew in your basement or water damage on your ceilings?
- Was it properly remediated to prevent mold?
A pre-inspection will provide you with a professional opinion about the performance of these readily accessible systems in your home. It will help you identify any systems that may be unsafe or near the end of their life that affect the overall quality of your home. They will also help you budget for any replacement costs you may incur in order to negotiate the best possible price for your home.
The closing process can be very stressful. If an inspector finds issues on behalf of the buyer, they may demand an allowance that is much higher than if you
found and repaired the issues in advance. J & J Home Inspections is so honored to work for the residents of Brentwood, helping keep our homes healthy for generations to come. If you’re selling your home in Brentwood, contact J & J for your home inspection.