When buying or selling a home it is important to know what features will increase and decrease the value. As a buyer, you will be looking for a home that can handle your family’s lifestyle, so it is important to make sure that all of the features of your future home are in proper order, before you sign on the dotted line. As a seller, you need to “walk in their shoes” and think about your home from the perspective of a buyer. Do you have enough storage? Can your kitchen accommodate cooking for a larger family? Do you have energy efficient appliances or is the buyer going to have to replace all of the appliances when they move in? Many of these issues in your home can be changed with a simple fix, adding thousands of dollars to the value of your Phoenix property. One Avenue Inspection encourages you to improve your home little by little! [Read more…]
Most real estate surprises are the result of bad communication between the agent and the home buyer. If a home has some obvious imperfections and is put it on the market, it should be no surprise for the home inspection to confirm what you already know.
When a bad home inspection report occurs, it can be disappointing. When a inspection report shows serious structural problems, the buyer will probably back out. At the very least, properly dealing with the request for repairs is not as uncommon as people think because every home has flaws.
In fact, anything that uncovers a surprise problem with your house before close of escrow makes you that much less likely to get sued over the problem later on. If you agree to help the buyer with repairs, it’s very common to have them waive liability for later problems in exchange. You can feel more at peace with even bad inspection results when you start to view them as tools to eliminate future responsibility after the proper repairs are completed.
Even if you’re surprised by the inspection findings, good or bad, many buyers are not surprised when a home requires repairs. Many buyers will not interpret the reports as negatively as you do, and even if they do, a plan can be put into place to resolve any issues. Use your real estate agent and home inspection service as a resource.
Before anyone agrees to anything, get a couple of bids on the big ticket items from repair companies you choose or that are recommended by a company you trust. If nothing else, multiple bids will assuage your anxiety that the buyer’s team might have been fluffing the repair costs to get more out of you. Multiple bids are powerful in other ways too. Sometimes just showing the buyer that the repair may not be as urgent or as costly as they thought can cool both sides down and set the stage for a compromise. The compromise options are endless: you can do some repairs, give the buyer a credit, reduce the price, or do nothing at all, depending on what you can afford.
The home buying process can be confusing so allow time and attention to be spent on the details by a trusted real estate professional and a home inspection company working together for you.
The experts at One Avenue Inspection have put together a list to help real estate agents prepare their clients who are selling their home. Consulting your clients to do a pre-inspection before the official inspection by the buyer inspection company will help target potential problems. This pre-inspection checklist is a great tool to establish questions from your client or potential buyers and to discover the best parts of a home and the areas that need improvement.
1. Clear out the key areas of the house. The key areas include the attic, garage, storage rooms and closets. If these areas are not cleared out, then it may look like there is something to hide to potential buyers. Open up these areas to the home inspector and bring any questions you have to your realtor before hand, to avoid obstacles in the selling process.
2. Do not forget to test all light fixtures on the interior and exterior of the house. Replace any burned out or missing bulbs. On a general home inspection report, the problem of a burned out bulb in comparison to a burned out light fixture will not be clear.
3. Check the batteries in the smoke detectors. You should do this for your own safety whether you are selling your house or not. If a smoke detector does not work, replace the battery or replace the entire smoke detector.
4. Change all air filters. It is an inexpensive and easy fix. There is nothing more disgusting than an air filter that has not been changed in years. A dirty air filter is not the impression you want to leave with the home inspector or the buyers.
5. Rid your yard of any bushes or trees limbs that overhang or touch any part of the house. Vegetation too close to the house does not allow the house building materials to dry out quickly enough after it rains, which produces rot.
6. Check all exterior and interior doors. Tighten loose doorknobs, latch plates, and door hinges. Make sure that the hinge pins are fully installed. Tighten any loose kitchen and bathroom cabinet knobs or handles.
7. Make sure that all windows are operable. Inoperable windows are a safety issue in the event of fire or another emergency. The typical reason why windows cannot be opened is due to dried paint on the windowsills. Make sure all windows in the house can be easily opened.
The homeowner can easily check these seven areas before their agent lists their property. Leaving a positive impression on the home inspector and potential buyers, who will be following the home inspection report, will avoid delays in the selling process and allow your client to get the most bang for their buck. One Avenue Inspection believes that education between realtors and home inspectors will promote real recovery in the Phoenix real estate market.
One Avenue Inspection works directly with the real estate agent and the client.
Real estate agents refer respected home inspectors like One Avenue Inspection to their home buyers and sellers and many hire based on their agent’s recommendation. We are very grateful for the trust of respected real estate agents, but doubt they would continue to point their buyers and sellers to One Avenue if our loyalty was not in the right place. Agents depend on their reputations for referrals. Since we are often judged by the company we keep, it is our responsibility to perform home inspections ethically and in the best interest of addressing the positives and negatives of the property we are inspecting.
Of course, no home inspection can guarantee that your new house will be completely free from structural, plumbing, electrical, issues for as long as you live there. But if your home inspector’s loyalty is in the right place, it can give you peace of mind knowing that you are not sinking your money a ‘lemon’ of a property.
Your first inclination may be to assume that realtors just want to sell a home and nothing else. Any reputable agent wants to sell you the right home. Repetition and referrals are the foundation of their business. As home inspectors, we want agents to refer business to us because they trust that we will do our job and perform an honest evaluation of any property.
Our history of solid and honest service is apparent by the company we keep around us. Give us a call if you’re an agent looking for a consistent and reliable partnership with a Phoenix home inspection agency. Let’s help each other.