What I Found At My Home Inspection

As a real estate agent, I see all kinds of weird/funny things. At my home inspection today, the seller had some packed, labeled boxes including this one:

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The listing agent and I wanted to open it.

While we’re talking about home inspections….
Congratulations- you’re home is under contract! Now all you have to do is get through the home inspection and appraisal and you are off to the closing table. Home inspections can be nerve wracking for both sellers and buyers. From a seller’s perspective- their home is great, comfortable and safe. What could possibly be wrong with it?

Essentially, a home inspection is to educate the buyers about the property they are purchasing (where are the water shut offs, when was the furnace last cleaned) and look for major issues structurally and with systems (heat, septic, water). Home inspectors are hired by the buyer at a price of about $350 for a 1500 sq. ft. home. They are paid to form a report about the house. The home inspection lasts about 3 hours

It is important for a buyer’s expectations to be managed from the start. Some buyers try to use home inspection findings to renegotiate purchase price- which can be agreeable if a major structural or systems issue is uncovered. A home inspection should not result in a “punch list” of small “issues” for the seller to fix (unless it is new construction). Remember buyers, there is no such thing as a perfect house- and it is very likely that the house you are living in right now has many, if not more, “issues” than the one you are buying.

All in all, both buyers and sellers should focus on a win-win situation. To do that, they need to be guided through this emotional and complicated process by educated agents.

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