4 tips to surviving a home inspection

by Bob Strader

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 isnít necessarily a major point of concern. But prior to getting the inspection report, there are several things a seller can do to help ďsurviveĒ the ordeal:

Set your expectations in advance

Itís the inspectorís job to find things wrong. If your home is more than a few years old, there will be items wrong with your home. Itís 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 havenít already. Change air filters, clean vents, check for wood rot and fix doors that donít 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 buyerís 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.

Donít add to your stress by thinking youíre going to replace that rotted wood and paint.