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The happiest time for home sellers is when you negotiate and get an accepted offer on your home. And then the saddest or most frustrating time is when the home buyers asked for stuff on the inspection or worse, decide not to buy it because of their inspection and then don’t even tell us what’s wrong. Did you know that according to the national association of realtors, as many as one-third of the contracts fall apart over the home inspection? So how can you be prepared as a seller?
Tip number 1: A great real estate agent will help you prepare for your home inspection and know what inspection negotiations after this video is a full walkthrough of a home inspection and how a home seller can prepare and be ready before the inspector comes to their home.
Tip number 2: Give the home inspector and their agent time and room to thoroughly go over your home. You know, typically a home inspection can take anywhere from 2 1/2 to 3 hours and the inspector’s job is to find and document any items that need repair, replacement or maintenance, as well as give the buyers tips on maintenance items. I’ve had home sellers in tears after reading their inspection reports. Fear in your house was a disaster. Yet I have to remind them that most buyers do not expect a brand new house and they’re not going to ask for every little tiny issue on the report.
The contract does say the home is sold as-is. However, buyers just want the broken stuff or any important deferred maintenance items to be taken care of. And this is not the time for the buyers to ask for upgrades unless the system has completely failed. And keep in mind it is a negotiation. So after the buyer puts in writing what they would like addressed, we will go to work and verify that those items in fact are issues get estimates for it before we have to decide what you will do about it with their request. And you know, in the state of Colorado, I’m really sorry to say that inspectors are not required to have any kind of license or certification. So many times what we find is some of these repair requests are found to be faulty or wrong information.
Tip number 3: Make sure all your systems and utilities are on so the inspector can check out the systems.
You know, the only exception might be if in the wintertime you would definitely in Colorado have your sprinkler system winterized. And also the inspectors typically will not run an air conditioning if the outside temperature is below 50 degrees.
Tip number 4: Declutter. Give the inspector clear access to all the major systems, the furnace, the water heater, the electrical panel, all the appliances.
Tip number 5: weigh the pros and cons of doing a pre-inspection before you go on the market. You know, nobody likes surprises and buyers are probably going to do their own pay for their own home inspection anyway. However, if you have concerns, it’s better to find out in advance to address those issues. It gives their inspector and their report a lot more credibility if you’ve already checked it out in advanced and as promised, if you’d like to receive our free report on the 11 critical home inspection traps to be aware of before listing your home for sale, please click on the link on the screen. And if you like this video, please share a comment, click the bell symbol to get more tips on how to sell a house. I’d love to read your comments as well. Thank you so much for watching.
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