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A thorough home inspection is a critical step in the home-buying process, which is one reason that it's typically thought of as something the buyer has to do. There are, however, a few things that a seller can do to make the process smoother and ensure that a property gets flying colors during the inspection.
What can sellers do to get ready for an inspection?
A seller can also prepare the home for the inspection. The most important thing to do here is to keep all key areas of the house free, clear and accessible. This includes providing access to the furnace, boiler and circuit breaker.
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Obviously, the best way to avoid any of these situations is to deal with any problems before the inspection takes place. And how can sellers do that? They can get their own pre-sale inspection before putting the property on the market.
As you can see in this video, the inspector found some potential problem spots that the home owner may not have even considered - like a tree too close to the home and stairs not being built to code.
While hiring an inspector may feel like an unnecessary expense for a seller, it could actually end up saving money down the road. If the homeowner can make some simple repairs before the open houses begin, there will be fewer issues for buyers to notice, and the inspection process will go more smoothly once an offer is made on the home.
Interested in learning more about the home buying process? Here are some AOL Real Estate guides to help you:
- Video: Home Inspections: It Pays to Know What You're Buying
- Home Inspections: What to Expect
- Video: Can Fixer-Uppers Work for First-Timers?
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