As a Seller, once you have accepted an offer on your property, there are several things that will take place before the sale is considered Firm and your property is officially SOLD. One of the common conditions on a Purchase and Sale Agreement requested by Buyers is to conduct a Building Inspection on the property for sale.
How to Prepare For A Building Inspection
You will be contacted by your Agent to set up the date and time for the Building Inspection. The inspection can take up to 4-5 hours to complete depending on the size of the home, so be prepared to be away from your home for this amount of time.
Before the Building Inspection, your Agent may request that they come in to install a Radon machine. The Radon machine measures the level of radon in the house; it must be in the home for several days.
To facilitate the Building Inspection, make sure that access is clear to the furnace room, electrical panel, basement, attic, and sewer and well (if applicable). On the outside of the house, clear away things that could prevent the inspector from seeing the foundation, roof, etc.
What is a Building Inspection?
A Building Inspection is a crucial step in the process of selling a home. It is typically conducted by a licensed and qualified home inspector who evaluates the condition of the property. The purpose of a home inspection is to identify any issues, defects, or safety concerns with the home so that both you, the seller, and potential buyers have a clear understanding of its condition. Here's what a building inspection typically entails when selling your home:
- Roof: Inspecting the roof for signs of damage, leaks, or wear
- Exterior Walls: Checking for cracks, damage, or signs of moisture intrusion
- Foundation: Assessing the foundation for cracks, settling, or structural issues
- Siding, Trim, and Windows: Examining the condition of these components
- Plumbing: Checking for leaks, water pressure issues, and drainage problems
- Electrical: Inspecting the electrical system for code compliance and safety
- HVAC: (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning): Evaluating the heating and cooling systems for functionality and safety
- Appliances: Testing the operation of included appliances e.g. stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer
- Water Heater: Checking for proper installation and functionality
- Attic and Crawl Spaces: Examining insulation, ventilation, and any signs of pests or water damage
- Basement: Inspecting for moisture, leaks, and structural issues
- Floors, Walls, and Ceilings: Looking for cracks, sagging, or other structural problems
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Ensuring they are present and functional
- Handrails and Staircases: Checking for safety hazards
- Radon: Conducting a radon gas test if required or requested
- Mold and Mildew: Inspecting for signs of mold or water damage
- Asbestos: Identifying asbestos-containing materials if present
- Garage: Evaluating the condition of the garage door and its components
- Pool/Spa: If applicable, assessing the condition of the pool or spa
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