BOULDER – Inspections can make or break a sale for both sellers and buyers. For this reason, the inspection process can be somewhat terrifying weather you are buying or selling. For sellers, it’s a reminder of issues you might have been ignoring over the years. And for buyers, it can be heartbreaking to fall in love with a home that might end up making no sense to buy.
Try not to let the inspection process stress you out. Remember, that’s not what your home inspector wants. All he or she wants is a thorough inspection and a satisfied client. Form a partnership with your home inspector to make the process easier and more effective. Knowledge is key. Here are a few essential things inspectors would like you to keep in mind.
Move your pets. Your dog or cat may be adorable but even if your home inspector loves dogs or cats, pets running underfoot makes the job much more difficult. Inspections might require opening exterior doors multiple times, giving pets the opportunity to escape. Please when you leave the premises for the inspection take your pets with you.
Clean before an inspection. Your house doesn’t need to be spotless. An inspector won’t ding you because your carpet has not been vacuumed or your windows are not clean. However, do get rid of clutter and make sure all areas are accessible. Often, walking through the home with an inspector is the first time the buyers are in the house for an extended period of time.
Inspectors will need access to all areas of a property. Leave keys to all attics, crawl spaces and outbuildings. If an inspector must return at a later date to inspect areas that are not accessible during the initial inspection it is an inconvenience for all involved and could involve added expense.
Your potential new home will invariably have problems. Your home inspector will likely come up with what seems like an endless list of problems after the walk-through. Don’t panic, even inspectors’ homes have problems and maintenance issues. There are times when you should worry but not every issue is critical. Your inspector will know which problems you should address first.
Almost anything can be fixed. There are a few frightening home inspection terms that seem to get everyone’s attention: mold, radon, and asbestos. And yes, they should, but no more than a roof that needs replacing or an older heating system.
Home inspectors can’t predict the future. You might want to know how many more years the roof will last. An inspector might be able to give you a rough estimate, they can’t give you a precise timeline. The same is true for appliances such as water heaters and furnaces. Inspectors can tell you if they are currently in good shape or not and maybe an estimate of how much life they have left.
Treat the inspection process as a learning experience (both buyers and sellers). Ask questions and take notes.