Pre – Inspection

There is no question that inspection is one of those days in the home buying and selling process that is stressful for both parties in the transaction. Buyers are always worried that they are going to find something seriously wrong with the house that they just made an offer on, while sellers are worried that there is something seriously wrong with their house. In most cases, the buyers, sellers, and their respective agents don’t breathe a sigh of relief until the inspection period is over and has been resolved.

One way that sellers can relieve their stress ahead of time is by having what I call a pre-inspection done of their home even before they put it on the market. They hire an inspection company to conduct a standard inspection, as if the home was under contract. Then, they take the results and fix all or some of the problems noted in the inspection report. Once done, they can sleep easy that in the event someone makes an offer and their home goes under contract, the inspection period should go smoothly.

In fact, most people can increase the value of their homes by doing a home inspection every two or three years. Let’s face it; our homes take a beating inside and out. You may not even be selling your home, but keeping up with the structure every two or three years can halt the damages of nature. I see people all the time scrambling to get their home fixed or in shape just before they sell it. Most people don’t even think about maintenance issues until it’s time to sell. What if you did it different this time and started working on one or two projects every year, instead of trying to tackle them all at once? It would also help out financially if you spread out the maintenance cost over time instead of being shocked with a big bill right before you need to move.

Many home inspection companies like Home Systems Data will do a home inspection for you, so you can find out which maintenance issues you have now or coming up in the future. They’ll look at the roof, the basement for leaks, issues on structural, heating, plumbing, and electrical, and they’ll do tests for radon, mold, and termites.

This time around, be prepared, get ahead of the game and increase the value of your home.

Dan Polimino is a Realtor with Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. He can be reached at DPolimino@fullerproperties.com and www.coloradodreamhouse.com/denverpost

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