How to Prepare Your Home for Inspection

Posted by Joyce Peterson on Monday, August 7th, 2017 at 12:54pm.

Congratulations, your home is under contract. The next step will be the buyer scheduling an inspection.

  • The buyer’s agent will let us know when they would like to schedule the inspection.
  • The inspection will take approximately 4 hours. You will want to be away from your home during the inspection.
  • The inspector will need access to the attic, HVAC system, water heater and electrical panels. Please make sure there are no locks, vehicles, etc that will prevent access from those areas.
  • Please make sure the electricity, gas and water are on for the inspection. Per the contract utilities need to be on through the closing date.
  • If there are any remote controls or instructions needed to operate any parts of your home please leave them out for the inspector.
  • Trim back any vegetation from any areas touching your house.
  • Please remove or secure any animals for the inspection.
  • After the inspection the buyer may not receive a copy of the report until later that day or the following day. In Texas the buyer is not required to provide you with a copy of the inspection report.
  • Depending on the outcome of the inspection it is possible the buyer will want to have items reviewed by a professional trade. The buyer may want to further investigate items with a plumber, electrician, etc.
  • We will contact the buyer’s agent to inquire about the inspection results. However it is a poor negotiating technique to call immediately and give the impression we are desperate or worried about anything. It is much better to simply do a “temperature check” the day after the inspection.

If you have any questions about selling or buying a home, call/text 512-791-7473 or send an email to eric@koparealestate.com.

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