A Comprehensive Seller’s Guide to Home Inspection Process In Florida

Dated: 05/22/2020

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Real estate home inspections have the notoriety for being deal-breakers. If fact, according to data from the National Association of Realtors, nearly 1 out of 3 deals that don’t make it to closing have issues rooted during the home inspection. The home inspection stage has disastrous consequences if neglected.

 

Most homeowners see real estate as a whole - and that "whole" appreciates entirely. The actuality is, real estate is comprised of two components and that is the land and the building. While the land typically appreciates, the building does otherwise. The physical structure is subject to the natural law of life which is decay and to maintain a home's condition, natural wear and tear have to be addressed with a significant upkeep.

 

But the biggest challenge in this stage of the deal lies not on the "defects" but rather on the disparity of each party's bais. The seller will almost always have a natural inclination towards the belief that his/her residence is in a good condition than it probably is. The buyer on the other hand also has a natural tendency to believe the exact opposite.

 

Come inspection day, things could result in surprising outcomes especially if you, as a homeowner, neglect the routine of a periodic home maintenance schedule. 

 

Home inspections could be a nerve-wracking experience for a homeowner wanting to sell a home. To that, here are some expert tips to guide you through this important home selling stage.

Tip #1: Increase your curb appeal

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal mainly refers to the level of attractiveness a prospective buyer sees or feels towards your property from a "curb" or sidewalk vantage point. This is the main draw to your house, your first impression, and when it comes to selling a house, this could mean the difference between closing the deal or not. Here are some little know secrets to improve the curb appeal of your house.

 

  1. Trim your shrubs. The shrubs upfront is the most common appeal killer even amidst the fact that this is also one of the easiest to fix and maintain. Cutting those tall and home-obscuring shrubs, plants, and bushes will allow your buyer to see a full-front view of your house.

  2. Make your door pop. Don't let your main door just blend-in, make it stand out. A quick paint job would only cost less than $50 and is an easy way to DIY even for amateurs. Choose a color that will accentuate the overall color theme of our house. There is an entire resource of ideas on how to make your front door stand out which might even be an exciting task to do.

  3. Clean your roof. Your roof is one of the biggest components visible from a sidewalk view. Ideally, old and damaged roofs should be replaced first before selling your home but given the cost consideration for this upgrade, an ideal alternative is a simple thorough cleaning. 

  4. Power wash it off. Here is a fun part. Power washers are so much fun to use and the instant results you get might just leave you begging to clean your neighbor's driveways and porch after you are done with yours. If you do not own a power washer, you may rent one from big box hardware near you so you can start spraying away those years of grime and dirt.

 

There are still plenty of things you can do to up your curb appeal but the above basics might just do the trick without having to spend a lot. When done properly, homebuyers will most certainly notice and acquire an impression of a well-maintained home which will benefit the deal in the end.

Tip #2: Declutter your home

Clean Home

This is a basic thing. Your home needs to reinforce that buyer's feeling that psychologically validates it that is the perfect home for them. Your home needs to stimulate the creation of a mental picture inside your buyer's head, them relaxing on the sofa after a hard day's work or their kids running around the room and other picturesque family activities they could imagine. A cluttered home will simply make that moment impossible to imagine.

 

Apart from the obvious facts, decluttering your home will also make it look spacious which can increase its perceived value. It will also give inspectors access to where they want to be.

Tip #3: Get a real estate agent

Real Estate Agent

A good Florida Real Estate Agent can help you navigate the entire home inspection process with ease. They have undergone this step multiple times and are the best people to assist you during this phase.

 

They should be able to help you with;

 

  1. Understanding the common maintenance issues within the Florida Real Estate Market as these will vary per location.. Having a malfunctioning HVAC system during a Florida summer is just unimaginable. 

  2. Identification of what are minor or major findings that may affect your bargaining position. These are aesthetic or cosmetic findings versus some serious ones like foundational, structural, and other findings that could affect the health of homeowners. 

  3. A good listing agent can easily create a solid game plan with multiple options on how to move forward with the issues found. Is it a good idea to hire a contractor to fix the issues or better to fix it yourself? Should you

 

The Bottomline

Whatever your goal may be, whether to entice buyers or just maximizing the value of your home, these set of preparations for the home inspection is just something pleasing to do. Not only for your top consideration of selling your home but also as a way of courtesy to the next owner.

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Betsy Tinervin

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