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Video: How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

Video: How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

I don’t often recommend that home sellers employ a home inspector before putting their house on the market, unless it’s obvious that the home has not been well maintained. On the other hand, if you’re not handy at all or generally unable to perform any kind of repairs on your own, you might get a little peace of mind knowing about a problem in advance and having a bit of extra time to correct it. This video familiarizes you with what home inspectors are looking for and what to have ready.

For your convenience you’ll find a transcript directly below the video.

Video Transcript: How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

Welcome to Today’s Home Update, I’m Sean.

To maximize a home inspection, home owners should know how to properly prepare. The experts at Pillar to Post recommend a pre-listing inspection when selling your home in order to identify items that may complicate the deal. If the inspector identifies issues that can easily be fixed, you can take care of them before putting your home on the market.

Be sure to also disclose past catastrophes like grow-houses, fires or floods.

Provide your inspector with building permits and plans for major renovations, and disclose if the work was not completed with proper permits. Provide well and septic permits as well as maintenance and repair records. It’s also important to provide invoices and warranties for major improvements, including but not limited to furnaces and roofs.

You may also want to have a qualified electrician check all wire connections, and provide a letter outlining work done and comments made.

It’s also crucial that you schedule enough time for your home inspection. Pillar to Post recommends 2.5 to 3 hours and an additional half hour for home 100 years or older.

Thanks for watching Today’s Home Update, see you next time.

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