There are a number of things that can fall short of requirements during a home inspection, regardless of whether you own an older home or a brand new one. If they're not identified and dealt with, any of them could jeopardize the sale of your home. So, what's included in a home inspection?
Home inspectors will review the interior and exterior of your home. They'll inspect things like the heating and central air systems, the plumbing, and the electrical systems. They'll also look at the structure of your home, including the roof and rain gutters, the attic if your have one, and walls, ceilings, floors, and foundation. They also may do a termite and pest inspection if the intiial reports suggest it's needed.
This is an incomplete list; there are various components that a home inspector looks for, and any one of them can hold up or entirely derail the sale of your home. In most cases, you can reasonably inspect your home in advance on your own, as long as you know exactly what to look for. Taking these precautionary measures can help you save time and money during the home selling process
How to Prepare for a Home Inspection
That’s why it’s vital that you read this report before you list your home. Waiting until the home inspector flags these issues can lead to costly delays in the close of your home sale or, worse, turn prospective buyers away altogether.
If you know what you’re looking for, in most cases you can make a reasonable pre-inspection yourself, giving you the ability to prevent little problems from growing into costly and unmanageable ones.
Having a list of components checked during a home inspection and navigating the list before your home goes on the market allows you to handle issues in advance. If you can address potential issues before they arise, you can often earn that money back in the sale of your home and you don't have to worry about the entire process getting derailed. Plus, advertising new features in your home is always a selling point to a potential buyer!