Sellers work hard preparing their homes to sell. They utilize the help and advice from of their realtor to get their home in perfect working order to sell for the most money. Sellers eagerly await an acceptable offer knowing this will help them get into their own new home.
The Home Inspection
The home inspection is a visual examination of a home’s structure, interior, appliances and systems, from the roof to the foundation. Preparing your home to be ready for inspection will relieve much anxiety and save you money. You want everything, including electrical, plumbing and appliances to be in good working order, and all other aspects of the property to be in good condition.
A standard home inspection will examine the home’s heating, central air conditioning, plumbing systems, electrical systems, roof, attic, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, and structural components, appliances, possible mold, and provide a report with the findings.
Few things are more disappointing when selling a home than getting an email containing items your home inspector found that need to be repaired. It is best to avoid surprises by ordering a full home inspection yourself, which will allow you to fix all items before the buyer’s inspection is conducted.
- Inspect the caulking around windows and doors and caulking.
- Inspect the roof. Clean moss and debris from the gutters, check for damaged tiles, or shingles and ensure the downspouts are in the proper position.
- Replace any bulbs. If all bulbs are functioning, the inspector will know there are no broken wires.
- Inspect toilets to ensure they are working properly. Toilets are easy and inexpensive to repair.
- Replace filters in the HVAC to show you maintain the unit.
- Ensure the electrical/fuse box is appropriately labeled. Check that all switches are labeled neatly and correctly.
- Check that all doors are in proper working condition, latch to the frame without a problem and that knobs and locks are functioning properly.
- Repair any loose cabinets.
- Check for signs of water damage, so you can get any water-related issues repaired before the formal inspection.
- Treat any bug problems with bug killers. You do not want wasp nests in your yard or ants in your kitchen when you are showing your home.
Most buyers are not expecting perfection, but want to ensure there are no significant, costly repairs in their immediate future. The formal inspection may show some minor issues, but completing a home inspection yourself can be very helpful
Florida National Title Services
Florida National Title Services provides expert title services and researches the title to make sure the home belongs to the seller. You need an experienced title company when you are selling a home from listing it, through inspections, and the closing. We can help every step of the way.
Florida National Title has years of experience guiding Florida homebuyers through the real estate purchase and refinance experience and have helped them solve the problems that come up in the process. We will decipher the “legalese” and explain what we need and why we need it each step of the way. The blogs to follow will address specific issues to guide buyers to understand the process better and to help them avoid many of the pitfalls. Call us at (561) 408-0729 or visit our website.
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Jupiter, Florida 33458
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