Selling your home and dreading the home inspection process?
Take a peek into the buyer’s world and find out how a home inspector is selected, and the list of areas they usually inspect.
As any skilled real estate agent would tell you, the best way to prepare for a home sale is to understand the buyer’s process so you can match their pace and give them exactly what they are looking for!
Let’s get into the head of a typical buyer in Texas and see how they select a home inspector. Here are the main things (apart from pricing) that buyers consider before finally selecting a home inspector:
1. Reviewing Recommendations from Agent, Social Circle, and Online
Buyers search for home inspectors with a good reputation, and word of mouth is by far the most valuable referral method. Whether the recommendations come from friends, family, their trusty estate agent, or even from the reviews posted online, the buyer would consider them and create a list for further review.
2. Checking Certifications and Experience
Home inspectors with certifications and years of experience under their belt are most likely to be selected. Being a member of a trade association such as The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and The American Society of Home Inspectors puts a stamp of approval on their expertise and buyers would lean towards picking one of them.
3. Sample Report
A sample report of a home inspector provides insight about how a home inspector presents the problems (if any). Buyers use the report to see if the home inspector can create a foundation on which they can build a negotiable case.
In Texas, the Texas Real Estate Commission licenses inspectors and provides them with a checklist and instructions for required items that must be included in an inspection. As a seller, you might want to look at the sample reports of several home inspectors to give you an idea of what to expect. This will help you avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Keep in mind that the buyer generally has their best interest in mind. So, when choosing a home inspector, they would appreciate one who may tend to exaggerate or over-inflate issues. Watch out for these inspectors!
To avoid these situations, the agents at Judi Wright Team can help you decipher the reports, analyze and negate items that are unnecessary or are considered upgrades versus needed repairs.
Home Inspection Checklist
Now for the part that sends homeowners into a state of holding-my-breath-for-what-happens-next.
And read on.
Here is a list of the most common things that home inspectors check in a home inspection. Browse through it and fix any problems before the inspection, so that the report concludes in your favor.
- Age and condition of appliances
- Cracks and leaks
- Electrical malfunctions and outlets not grounded
- Missing insulation
- Missing or curling shingles on the roof
- Plumbing malfunctions
- Presence of stains, mold, and decay
- Problems in the HVAC system
- Problems on the exterior such as loose boards and gutters, dangling wires, peeling paint
- Shifts in the foundation of the house, presence of trees that may harm the foundation
An experienced agent can make sure you know which repairs you will need to do and which repairs should be negotiated with the buyer. Remember, not all home inspectors are out to prove themselves worthy of the buyer’s money. They have a checklist from the TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) and will be checking many, many things according to the checklist. An experienced agent can help prepare you for this process and guide you throughout the negotiations of repairs.
We’re here to help you prepare your home for sale, negotiate all repairs, and reduce the stress associated with moving!
About the Judi Wright Team
Judi Wright/The Judi Wright Team is a real estate group specializing in the suburbs of Frisco, Plano, and surrounding areas. Named the “Best Realtor in Dallas,” by D Magazine eleven times and a Five Star Realtor with Texas Monthly, Judi is also a Company-Wide Top performer with Ebby Halliday and the #1 Top Small Group for Ebby Halliday Frisco.