More and more sellers are deciding to have a home inspection prior to listing their house on the market. By having this pre-listing inspection perform, the seller can take care of any deficiencies and do a full disclosure on items that were not repaired which will eliminate costly re-negotiations with the buyer in advance. This can save the seller hundreds to thousands of dollars. In most cases these properties close in half the amount because it can eliminate any further negotiations. This type of inspection can limit defects from being a stumbling block, allow you to price your home realistically, have the time to get your own contractors to make repairs, alert you on items that need immediate attention due to safety concerns, and your liability is reduced by adding professional documentation in your disclosure statement. Having issues/defects resolved in advance will allow you to deal with them in a way that keeps the sale of your home moving smoothly.
This type of inspection is performed in the same manner as a buyer’s residential inspection. The inspection process will highlight not only the negative, but also the positive components and structure from the roof down to the foundation. The job of the inspector is to provide you an unbiased view of the condition of your property and present to you any defects that were discovered and possible solutions. Most inspections take anywhere from 2 ½ to 4 hours. The cost of the inspection is determined by the age, type, size and complexity of the structure.
Call: 770-461-3408 to schedule an inspections or just to ask questions.
What A Sellers/Pre-Listing Inspection Covers
Hundreds of items are inspected and you will be provided with a computerized narrative report within 24 hours of the inspection listing the general conditions of the structures components and systems, including identification of significant observable deficiencies, as they existed at the time of the inspection.
The following is a listed of what areas/components are included in an inspection:
- GROUNDS – driveway, walkways, retaining walls, patio, fences and gates, grading, and landscape features.
- EXTERIOR – stairs, walls, trim, doors, windows, porch, deck, gutter and downspouts and the chimney.
- GARAGE/CARPORT – garage interior and garage vehicle door operation etc.
- FOUNDATION – slab on grade, raised foundation, crawl space and framing or basement foundation walls and framing.
- ROOF & ATTIC – roof type, flashing, attic including ventilation and insulation.
- PLUMBING – main line, supply line, waste lines, exterior faucets, water heater and laundry area.
- HEATING AND COOLING – type of system, unit efficiency, fuel source, unit condition, and location.
- ELECTRICAL – service supply, main panel, sub panels, conductor type smoke detectors and wiring defects.
- INTERIOR – doors, windows, walls, ceilings, floors, fireplace, ceiling fans, and stairs/handrails.
- KITCHEN – sink plumbing, disposal, counters, cabinets, and all installed appliances.
- BATHROOMS – locations, toilets, sink plumbing, counters, cabinets, venting, bathtubs, and showers.