Don’t Make These Mistakes When Selling Your Home


Don’t Make These Mistakes When Selling Your Home

The first and most important rule is: Do not try to conceal any defects you know are in the home. The home inspector will find them anyway, and you could jeopardize the trust of the buyer.

The next most important rule is: Disclose, Disclose, Disclose. Take time and fill out the property disclosure. List every issue you had and how it was repaired, (receipts or invoices for the repairs are great to have as well). Often the buyer will look at the property disclosure and treat it as gospel; and if an inspector finds a concealed defect the buyer often wonders what else is hidden or covered up.

Now that you have the two rules down, here are some ways to set yourself up for success before the buyer’s home inspection:

  • If you have moved out of the house make sure all the utilities remain on.
  • Make sure all of the lights have bulbs and that they are all working.
  • Clear out your closets so the inspector can see inside them.
  • Remove items away from interior walls so they can be inspected for cracks and water penetration areas.
  • Make sure all attic accesses are accessible.
  • Have your furnace and air conditioner serviced and ready to be tested.
  • Have all of your window treatments open so all windows are accessible.

Keep in mind that the home inspection is one of the most significant hurdles for a seller to clear. It is vital to make sure your house does not have any glaring defects. Do what you can to make this part of the transaction go smoothly.