The Home Inspector's Pre-listing Checklist

Congratulations on deciding to sell your home! It’s a great time to be selling in many markets like Colorado Springs where there is low housing inventory and high buyer demand.

A smooth transaction and getting top dollar isn’t always a given. Many home sellers overlook small fixes and repairs that can result in lower visual appeal, lower selling price, or worse spook new homebuyers.

Major remodels are costly and might miss the mark of appealing to individual buyers, but addressing items that are likely to come up on the buyer’s inspection can not only save you headaches, they can save you money by not having to credit the buyer as much during the Inspection Resolution negotiations.

Use these tips to help your home sell quicker and have less back and forth after the home inspection.

DEEP CLEANING

Kitchens and bathrooms are a main selling point, so make sure they make the best impression possible. Consider hiring a professional cleaning service for this. Hardwood floors should be vacuumed and/or mopped and carpets cleaned as well since that might be the first thing buyers see as they walk in. Clean the windows inside and out so they sparkle. It’s amazing what a difference this can make in a home’s appearance. Hiring a professional window cleaning company is the easiest and safest way to get the job done on a multi-story home.

EXTERIOR APPEARANCE

If the home’s exterior needs painting, get it done. Buyers notice if paint is faded and peeling. If the paint is in good shape overall, renew the doors and trim with a fresh coat. Keep the lawn mowed, and trim any overgrown shrubs that detract from the home’s appearance. The home should look well maintained even at first glance. Consider pots of bright, colorful flowers along an entry path and near the doors to enhance the curb appeal and first impression.

INTERIOR COSMETICS

If you have a DIY project gone wrong still unfinished, at least get an estimate of what it will cost to repair it. Door handles, stains, peeling paint are all eye sores. Patch up, clean, and/or replace these for max visual appeal. If cabinets are old and worn, consider a fresh coat or paint or refinishing. This is a cheap option that eliminates a sore spot for buyers. Replacing fixtures is a house flippers favorite idea. Replace outdated faucets, handles, shower heads and other accessories. Make sure all light bulbs are changed and working. Some buyers see this as a sign that other items might not be maintained.

PLUMBING CHECK

Do a quick check under your sinks to make sure there are no leaks. A buyer’s home inspector will always check for this, so you’ll want to get ahead of any leaks. If there was a past leak that still shows water stains, make sure to replace boards or clean area to not falsely alarm the buyer.

COMMON INSPECTION ITEMS

Save yourself money and hassle by knocking out the 3 most common items that show up on a home inspection report.

Make sure outlets near water sources are GFCI protected – buyers will often ask for this as it is considered a safety hazard. Make sure your downspouts have extensions that drain water 6 feet from your foundation walls – this will cost $10 at Home Depot. Spend the $100 to get your HVAC system cleaned and serviced – this is almost always called out by home inspectors and asked for by buyers.

Bottom Line

Don’t worry about upgrading your appliances or remodeling that bathroom. Buyer’s will usually want to implement their own taste with that. These minor cosmetic fixes and common home inspection items pose a bigger threat to not getting top dollar for your home.

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