As a homebuyer, it is critical that you have a home inspection done before you enter the escrow phase. You don’t want to put a penny down on a home until you know that there isn’t mold, structural damage or any other issues that may cost you a tremendous amount of money later down the line. On the other side of the coin – as a home seller – it is critical that you prepare your home for a home inspection before you sell. Ideally, you want your home to be prepped and ready – to make a professional technician’s life easier when he or she does a top to bottom assessment. Here are five home inspection survival tips for buyers and sellers.
- Mold is not your friend. As a homebuyer, you want to make sure you look for mold. Mold is the nemesis of many homeowners – it can eat into structural elements of your home and it can cause a number of health problems. This is why you want your inspector’s search to focus on mold. As a home seller, you want to make sure you do your best to remove mold before you put the home on the market – whether this is by performing some light renovations or calling on the services of a mold abatement team.
- A home without plumbing is not a home. The plumbing in a home is a little bit like the veins and arteries – without a proper plumbing system, the home is essentially useless. If you are a homebuyer and you notice outdated plumbing, you may have the upper hand to get a better deal on the home. As a home seller, you want to inspect your plumbing before an inspection – you want to make sure there are no clogs, inconsistencies or leaks.
- Don’t take air quality for granted. As a homebuyer, you don’t want to purchase a home that has poor ventilation or air quality. You don’t really need a housing inspector to tell you there is dust and allergens in the air – you can just feel them. As a home seller, you want to do your best to improve the air quality. While there are benefits of good ductwork design, your ducts still may be contributing to the poor indoor air quality, so you may also want to run an air purifier for a few days.
- Plug in electronics. It is also critical as a homebuyer that you make sure all of the electrical outlets are working. If one or two outlets are blown out, it could be a sign that the overall electrical system needs a little work. As a home seller, you want to plug in electronics to find out what outlets are working and what outlets are not working – then you want to hire an electrician to have the outlets fixed.
- A messy home is a problematic home. As a homebuyer, a messy home connotes that there may be other issues hiding behind the walls. As a home seller, much of the mess may have to do with you boxing up and getting ready for the move, but if you don’t want your home to look like it has been poorly maintained, simply clean up, organize and get rid of clutter.