Home-Sale Hack : The Importance of a Thorough Pre-Listing Home Inspection

A Typical Pre-Listing Inspection Home
A typical house found in a subdivision.

Pre-Listing Home Inspection: A Background

When it comes to selling a home, there are a lot of factors that can make the sale go either smoothly or roughly. One of the most important decisions that sellers need to consider is getting a quality pre-listing home inspection. A pre-listing inspection allows the sellers to safeguard against any issues that can come up during a home sale that can either prevent a sale or cause the house to be sold for a lower price. This inspection attempts to uncover problems before a buyer’s inspector finds them.

Even further, sellers who don’t disclose flaws in their house can be held liable in the event that something goes wrong. If you’re a homeowner planning on selling your home, don’t downplay the importance of a thorough home inspection. Here are some more details. 

 

A general home inspection doesn’t cover everything

A general home inspection is exactly what it sounds like—general. Basically, when you hire a home inspector, they’ll go through your home and point out issues that can affect your home’s value as well as how safe it is. For example, they might point out issues with the roof, your home’s foundation, or even how energy-efficient it is. What they might not do, however, is point out the exact details of these issues. 

What a lot of general inspectors will do is suggest a specialist perform a more thorough inspection. A specialized home inspection is an important followup to your initial inspection as it will detail any issues that were found and give you a prognosis on how to go about repairs. Before listing your home on the market, make sure these improvements are complete and up to date by a licensed professional. When showing your home, you’ll have proof that any issues in the house were professionally taken care of. 

A list of more specialized home inspections and their importance

Home-Sale Hack : The Importance of a Thorough Pre-Listing Home Inspection 1
An Architect and her client

Some of the specialized home inspections include, but are not limited to:

  • Electrical
    • Your home’s electrical system has both safety and convenience/usability implications. An improperly-wired home is a potential fire or shock hazard. Out-of-date wiring can preclude the use of modern appliances, a major inconvenience that is expensive to fix.
  • Heating & Cooling (HVAC)
    • A home inspector that observes anything amiss with heating and cooling will generally refer their client to an HVAC professional for further evaluation. Fuel-powered heating such as gas furnaces requires experienced, licensed pros to inspect and repair.
  • Radon
    • Radon, an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas, is the leading cause of lung cancer among those who don’t smoke. Many homes in the United States have high levels of Radon.  Levels 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter of air) and above are of concern and should be mitigated (fixed) by a professional.  However, the government recommends that you consider mitigation for levels greater than 2 pCi/L.
  • Lead Paint
    • Hopefully, you were made aware of lead paint if you were living in the house, especially if you had kids. The EPA banned lead-based paint in the 1970s. If you live in an older house and haven’t checked, or you’re flipping an older house, be sure to have an inspector check for lead-based paint in the house. 

Why should you not avoid a thorough inspection?

A thorough inspection can prevent you from liability in the event that you didn’t take care of a dangerous home issue. Don’t lean on tricks homeowners use to pass home inspections, but rather go through with one that makes sure your home is good and ready to sell. The money you pay upfront will be of good use and will protect you in the long run. 

Integra Inspection Services, LLC in Huntsville, Alabama provides leading home inspection and radon testing services in the Northern Alabama area. Contact us today for a quote!

Todd Thuss

I am an electrical engineer with 30 years of design experience and was born into a construction family. I have 25 years of hands-on construction and remodeling experience. I am a home inspector, licensed in both AL and TN and enjoy helping people understanding and maintaining their homes.

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