It’s April Fool’s Day… but there are some tricks you should not fall for at any time of year! When I saw this infographic from our friends at the California Association of Realtors®, I just new it was the perfect segue into a little chat about home inspections. Check out the tips below, then find my tips for what to ask as a buyer or seller when deciding how deep to dig into home inspections.
As A Buyer:
It is normal to feel that reviewing all of those disclosures is daunting! But that is no reason to skim them and skip out on some important data. Always work with an agent who is committed to helping you assess the condition of the home you’d like to buy. There are many times when I have advised a buyer on when specific inspections are needed after reviewing the general overview, or when I’d consider getting a second opinion. Common needs for an additional eye are pools, chimneys, foundations, electrical panels (many are recalled!) and roofs. The inspection provided by the seller can be a solid baseline, but can also be the stepping stone to what needs closer attention.
As A Seller:
Sometimes all you need to do is fill out the disclosures and be done with it, right? But getting off on the right foot with your potential buyers often means going the extra mile. I love instilling confidence from before the home hits the market by talking with my sellers about a quality home inspection to get ahead of any repairs, to avoid any issues once we are in contract and to instill integrity in every aspect of the sale of the home. I always walk my sellers though what can be done to maximize access and ensure the thoroughness of the report.
If you have any questions about what inspections are needed and why as a buyer or seller, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
All my best,
Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/