The Inspector’s Coming, Should I Be Afraid?

Congratulations! You’ve got a signed contract to sell your home. The due diligence period has begun and your buyer has hired a home inspector. With the inspection scheduled, you’re starting to wonder if you should be worried.

You might know that you should be worried, because something isn’t working right or because, for example, you know you need a new roof. It’s not a good idea to simply hope that the inspector won’t notice.

A good inspector will find everything you’re worried about, and possibly some things you didn’t even know about. Dreading the inspection is not the answer; fixing what you can is a much better tactic.

Some buyers, especially first time home buyers, can get really scared when they see a long laundry list of items from an inspector. They may even get so scared that they back out of the contract without even asking you to fix the problems first. So, if you know of a problem, it’s a good idea to go ahead and fix it before the inspection. You’ll probably have to fix it anyway to keep your buyers and by fixing it before an inspector finds it, you’ll save some drama.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be giving you some more specific tips on how to get ready for your upcoming inspection by properly preparing your home to make it easier for the inspector. So, until then, get cracking on all those things that you know are about to come back to haunt you!
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