Putting your house on the market? Hire a Home Inspector

Most new home sellers and some real estate agents share the belief that staging, painting and cleaning the house will attract potential buyers. Those who desire to sell their homes get involved in only shining them from outside – a kind of endless process that never reaches fruition if the inner structure is shaky.

You are reading this information, so chances are you are feeling some concern about inspecting your home thoroughly. Maybe you are worried that there could be a pest damage beneath the hardwood floors. Have you been plagued with rodents for years? Are you watching the silverfish colonies dwindle near the corners? Are you keeping these secrets, afraid of the shame you will feel when they are discovered? You need to hire a home inspector before selling that house.

Inspecting a property is not only a part of home selling/buying checklist, it is a mandatory requirement in almost all states in the US. Unfortunately, some sellers turn a blind eye to the real issues while requesting an interior decoration of the house with the agent. The next thing they know, the house is in need of termite control or facing a serious rodent infestation in the attic. The agent did mention it during initial consultation but the seller failed to take it seriously. All these information are passed on to the buyer and if the buyer is not satisfied with the condition of the house, your house will be back on the market.

A complete home inspection will give you enough time to correct any problem and entice potential buyers. Hiring a property inspector will at most make you $500 poorer. However, every penny that you spend on this inspection is worth it in the end. Inspecting the house prior to closing will save you thousands of dollars in costly repairs later. It will increase the value of your property and make it safe for living as well. A pre-sale inspection will help you address issues that are underneath and hiding. Your inspector will tell if the house needs a new baseboard due to water damage or a new roof due to asbestos problem. Then there are electrical issues if any that need to be addressed. A home inspector will pinpoint exactly what you need to correct these issues and whether the HVAC system needs to be replaced or not. A full-inspection report will make the buyer more confident about buying your house.