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If this is your first home sale, you might be wondering about what your requirements are in terms of home inspections. A vital step in the closing process, professional home inspections are typically included in real estate contracts as a contingency (the sale is dependent upon their completion).
But, are there any situations in which a seller would get a home inspection?
In today’s post, we’re going to talk about why sellers might want to get their home inspection and how it could be useful to the home sale process overall.
To diagnose problems with your home
When you’re deciding on the asking price of your home, you’ll want to take into account all of the things that could potentially drive that price down. Inspectors will look for a number of issues in your home, which can save you from any surprises when a potential buyer orders their inspection of your home.
The further along in the home sale process when you discover an expensive repair that needs to be made, the more complicated it makes your home sale.
So, if you’re in any doubt about whether your home will need repairs now or in the near future, ordering an inspection could be a safe option.
What do inspectors look for?
When inspecting your home, a licensed professional will look at several things:
Exterior components of your home, such as cracks or broken seals on exterior surfaces, garage door function and safety, and so on.
The structural integrity of your home; checking your foundation for dangerous cracks where moisture can enter and cause damage in the form of mold or breaks in the foundation.
The roof of your home will be checked for things like broken or loose shingles or nearby tree branches that could damage your home or nearby power lines in a storm.
The HVAC system will be tested to make sure it’s running properly and efficiently and also that vents are clean and clear of debris.
Interior components of your home will be checked for safety and damage from things like pests and water damage.
Will the seller still order an inspection if my home just had one?
An inspection contingency is built into almost all real estate contracts to protect the interests of the buyer and seller alike.
In most circumstances, a buyer will want to get their own inspection performed. After all, they don’t know who you went to for an inspection and whether they were licensed in your state.
The bottom line
Ultimately, if you’re planning on selling your home in the near future and aren’t sure if your home may have any underlying issues, it’s usually a good idea to get an inspection to make sure you can plan for any repairs or inform potential buyers of any issues with your home.
Ready to sell your house? Ultimately, you should conduct a home appraisal before you add your residence to the housing market, and for good reason.
A home appraisal enables you to better understand what your home is worth. Plus, an expert home appraiser will be able to offer comprehensive insights into your house's strengths and weaknesses so you can prioritize assorted home improvement projects accordingly.
Preparing your home for an appraisal may prove to be exceedingly valuable. If you allocate time and resources to get your house ready for an appraisal, you can increase your chances of getting favorable results during the appraisal itself.
What does it take to prep your house for an appraisal? Here are three tips to ensure you can do just that.
1. Consider a Home Appraiser's Perspective.
A home appraiser has an eye for detail, one that helps this professional understand whether a house is a viable long-term investment. Meanwhile, a home seller who steps into a property appraiser's shoes may be better equipped than others to enhance his or her residence.
For example, a home seller should evaluate a house's interior and exterior prior to an appraisal. And if you notice chipped paint on a home's walls, cracked shingles on a home's exterior or other cosmetic issues, you should address these problems immediately.
Even minor cosmetic issues can negatively affect a home's value. However, a home seller who goes above and beyond the call of duty to correct these problems may be able to improve his or her house's appearance before a home appraisal.
2. Conduct Plenty of Housing Market Research.
How does your residence stack up against the competition? Learn about the local housing market, and you can find out what you'll need to do to differentiate your residence from similar properties.
An home seller should learn about the prices of recently sold residences as well as homes that are currently available. That way, you can set realistic expectations for your home appraisal.
3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent.
A home appraisal can be a stressful experience, especially for a first-time home seller. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available to help you streamline the home appraisal process.
Typically, a real estate agent will guide you along the home selling process. He or she can connect you with qualified home appraisers in your area and ensure you can find a home appraiser who will provide honest, unbiased feedback about your residence.
A real estate agent also will help you maximize the value of your house. This housing market professional will ensure you can set a fair price for your residence and market your home to the right groups of homebuyers. He or she will even set up home showings and open houses and negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf to further simplify the home selling process.
When it comes to getting a home appraisal, there is no need to worry. Use the aforementioned tips, and you can plan ahead for a home appraisal.
Selling your home may seem like a relatively simple process. You hire an agent, let them take pictures and show the house to prospective buyers, accept an offer, and then close… right?
In reality, there’s a lot that goes into the selling process; especially if you want to have a smooth home sale.
Matters are further complicated by hr fact that most sellers are also in the process of buying, closing, and moving into their new home.
To make the most of your time in the weeks or months leading up to your sale, I’ve put together a list of tips that you can use to get ahead of the curve, making your sale as problem-free and simple as possible.
One of the most important lessons homeowners learn when they sell their first home is how quickly moving day creeps up on them. Make a list of all of the things you need to do before you hand over the keys, and set dates and reminders in your calendar for those tasks.
You can do this if you’re in the beginning stages of finding out when you want to sell by, or if you’re in the final stages of packing and moving your belongings to your new home. Regardless of where you are in the home sale process, you can always benefit from preparedness.
Find an agent
To get the ball rolling, reach out to a real estate agent sooner rather than later. They’ve been through this process several times before and will be able to give you advice that is catered to your specific situation.
Make sure your home is ready for sale
We all love our homes and value the time and effort we put into them. But, to get top dollar for your home and ensure a smooth sale, you’ll probably need to do some work.
This can include getting an inspection to ensure that the vital components of your home are working properly. Knowing this now can save you time and headaches if a buyer’s inspector finds an issue with your home that you weren’t aware of.
Similarly, you’ll want to make your home move-in ready by making small repairs, putting a fresh coat of paint, and cleaning up the exterior of the home.
Do your research when setting a price
Setting the price of a home is not a road you want to take shortcuts on. Research prices for comparable homes in your area, consider recent repairs you made, and value the home at what you think is a fair price.
However, don’t get too attached to one number and be prepared to adapt based on the offers you receive.
Have a moving day plan
Planning for moving day could be its own separate blog post. You’ll want to start packing things you don’t need early on in the process. Then, make arrangements for young children or pets, so that you can focus on the move rather than keeping track of everyone else.
One of the toughest choices to make when selling a home can be choosing a bidder. Often because sellers don’t expect this to be a difficult decision! It seems like it would be straightforward. You might think you should accept the first offer or maybe you’re in the camp of accepting the highest bid. And while both of these choices are valid there are other factors to take into consideration. Factors that can make selling your home even easier and relatively hassle-free.
One of the biggest fears people have and one that really throws a wrench in the process is potential buyers backing out of a deal or asking for pricey repairs. And for this reason, I suggest looking closely at all of your bids to review the concessions and contingencies each contract contains as well as the type of financing each buyer will be utilizing.
For example, one thing to look for is earnest money. This is money in an escrow account either held by the real estate agent or the buyer and seller and shows the buyer’s commitment to their bid. It gives the buyer more time to sort out their financing but is also seen as a guard against the buyer walking away mid-agreement.
What is the stability of a buyer's financing? What institution is it coming from? Do a search online to learn more information about each buyer’s finance provider. A buyer may pay in cash, offering a larger down-payment or be pre-approved for a loan.
Sometimes buyers will also include a contingency in their contract to not begin payment until they have sold their own home. If this is something you are not comfortable with this bid might belong in your “No” pile despite a higher bid or down payment.
Are they asking you to cover any expenses? They may ask for the attorney review fee to be waived, inspection fees to be covered or costly repairs to be made before closing. Again, are you okay with covering these costs? Do the math to see if these requests bring down the value of the bid. Depending on how much of an investment they are asking for you to make this could create a less enticing bid.
Sometimes, choosing a bid is less about the numbers and more about convenience. If you are in the middle of shopping for a new home yourself, bidders who offer flexibility on the move in/out date could move to the top of your “Yes” list. Sometimes buyers want to keep furniture or appliances from a home, which could make moving a much lighter load.
If your head is spinning from all of these different factors to take into consideration when choosing a bid, that’s okay! This is why working with a real estate agent is so beneficial. Look to your agent for advice when weighing out the benefits of each bid and on making the final decision.
Ultimately, the amount of money an individual requires during the home selling journey varies. If you intend to sell a house, it often is a good idea to plan ahead for any expenses you may encounter along the way. Because if you fail to account for potential house selling costs, you may struggle to seamlessly navigate the property selling journey.
Now, let's take a look at three of the most common home selling expenses.
1. Home Cleaning
Regardless of whether you decide to clean your house on your own or hire a professional, house cleaning costs can add up quickly. If you prepare for home cleaning expenses, however, you can keep your residence neat and tidy without breaking your budget.
Oftentimes, it helps to make a list of the areas of your home that require extensive cleaning. You then can establish home cleaning priorities, make a list of the cleaning supplies you will need and clean your residence accordingly.
If you decide to hire a professional cleaning company, be sure to shop around. Professional cleaning companies are available in cities and towns nationwide, and if you conduct an in-depth search, you can find a cleaning provider that offers a great blend of convenience and affordability.
2. Home Repairs
Cracked or damaged home siding, a faulty water heater or other house problems are unlikely to do you any favors during the property selling journey. If you put aside funds to address such issues, you can upgrade your residence before you list it.
It may be beneficial to conduct a home inspection prior to adding your house to the real estate market. During an inspection, a home expert will analyze your residence and identify any underlying property issues. You next can use a home inspection report to determine which house repairs need to be completed right away.
Keep in mind that some home repairs are simple, and as such, you may be able to complete them on your own. Conversely, for complex home repairs, you should enlist professional support. Although you will need to pay to hire a home improvement professional, this individual can help you quickly and safely upgrade your residence.
3. Lawn Care
How your lawn looks to potential buyers is crucial, particularly for those who want to enjoy a fast, profitable house selling experience. If your lawn is freshly cut and weed-free, you could help your house stand out to dozens of prospective buyers.
In many instances, home sellers can mow the lawn, trim the hedges and perform other lawn care tasks on their own. This enables sellers to avoid the costs associated with hiring lawn care professionals.
If you prefer to hire lawn care professionals, be thorough. Request client referrals, and you can find out what it is like to work with a particular lawn care professional before you make your hiring decision.
Lastly, as you prepare for the home selling journey, you may want to hire a real estate agent. If you have a real estate agent at your side, you can plan ahead for all aspects of the house selling journey.