Check out our new Home Inspection Checklist website.
This site is geared towards those who are selling and those who are buying. Go to HomeInspectionCHECKLIST.net
If you are buying: use these checklists to compare each of the homes you are looking at as unbiased as possible. For example, Dad likes the garage in Home #1 and Mom likes the backyard in Home #3.
Imagine if you could look at each of the choices under a pre-arranged list that did NOT factor in the 'emotional' decisions, such as colors, size of kitchen, location of the big screen TV, or whatever.
What if your are selling: Most people live in their home for an average of 7 years. You might have lived in your home for 20 years or more. If you are like me, I forget what happened last week, forget about 7 or 20 years ago.
What is important to those people who are coming to look at your home? Are they only interested in how clean your home is? Are there cobwebs? Is the toilet clean?
In most cases, prospective buyers are looking for a great fit for their family that may include a bedroom on the lower level, a large entertaining area, lots of light coming in the windows, or a beautiful big yard for their dog to run around.
But if you could satisfy some of these desires for the new buyers, it could help your home to sell faster....and at a higher price.
I will put in a plug for a Pre-Inspection because I am a Home Inspector by trade. Please consider hiring an Inspector BEFORE you decide to put your house up for sale. Why? Because an Inspector will come into your home and let you know what items need serviced, replaced or repaired.
What if your sewer line has been giving you issues and you have known about it for years. You could either have it repaired for $5000, before you put a sign in your front yard...OR you could wait until the buyers come in and find out on their own. They will negotiate the asking price down $10,000 or more. Well, you just lost $5,000 because you did not get a $3-400 home inspection.