How does a home seller prep for the buyer’s home inspection in Austin TX?
In Austin, Tx real estate, the buyer pays the seller for an ‘option period’. During this time, the buyer has the home and the home’s major systems inspected. Sellers always ask us what they can do to prepare for an inspection. Following are a few good tips:
1. Make sure all utilities are turned on
2. Make sure there is unblocked access to the attic
3. Unlock any locks on exterior electrical boxes or sheds
4. Slip a new air filter into the AC – sometimes just a cleaner filter will allow your AC system to cool faster
5. It’s always best practice for the sellers not to be at home during the inspection. The main reason for this is that if you are there, the buyers or inspector can ask you questions directly, plus the process itself is uncomfortable.
Once the inspection is complete, there isn’t much for the seller to act upon until there is a repair request on the table. 98% of our transactions include a repair request during the option period, and we find the same to be true for our Austin real estate counterparts. Preparing with the steps outlined here, you will avoid any situation where the inspector needs to return to the property – which avoids a ‘return trip fee’.
If you are a seller who has waited until listing his/her home to do any home maintenance, the inspection report on your home will be lengthier! As a general rule, deferred home maintenance is certainly something that will catch up to you around inspection time! And know that the meticulously maintained home is also going to have a write up because homes age and building codes change. It’s simply part of the way the process works in that inspectors are required to note newer codes in their reports, even though sellers are not required to update their systems when selling a home.
© Julie Nelson and The Nelson Project at Keller Williams Reatly, 2008-2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Julie Nelson and The Nelson Project at Keller Williams Realty with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.