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4 tips to surviving a home inspection

October 11, 2013
It can be very stressful to have an inspector come in and tell you everything that is wrong with your home. A good inspector will set expectations with the buyers, and sellers if present, to point out that every item on the list isn't necessarily a major point of concern. But prior to getting the inspection report, there are several things a seller can do to help "survive" the ordeal:

Set your expectations in advance

It's the inspector's job to find things wrong. If your home is more than a few years old, there will be items wrong with your home. It's no big deal, no matter a 10 item or 50 item list.

Preventative maintenance

Perform all of your normal maintenance before you list your home, if you haven't already. Change air filters, clean vents, check for wood rot and fix doors that don't latch properly. Walk the entire interior and exterior and be critical.

Have your home pre-inspected

It may seem like double the work, but having it pre-inspected and repairing those items in advance will prevent anything of concern showing up on the buyer's inspection report and may save a lot of heartache down the road.

Hire it out

Once you have the needed list of repairs agreed upon, hire a handyman or contract to do the punch out. Selling your home and moving can be a stressful and time consuming thing.

Don't add to your stress by thinking you're going to replace that rotted wood and paint.

Bob Strader is a local realtor with the NORTH Group of Keller Williams Realty. Visit his blogs or or email him:
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