Inspections to Buy

If an Building Inspector is Coming
You may be at the stage where you have received an offer, but it is conditional on inspection.

Here are 6 suggestions to follow if a property inspection process is to be conducted on your property:

  1. Move out of the premises. It is best to leave the premises so that the agent can deal with the property inspector.

  2. Be courteous. Remember that the property inspector is not an adversary, but is simply doing a job under instructions from the potential buyer. Property inspectors are not on a mission to find fault with your property, but to come up with a fair assessment for his/her principal.

  3. Don't attempt to argue about any comments made about your property. Simply walk away. If the inspector wants an explanation do so, but don't be defensive.

  4. Keep statements about your property honest. For example, if the inspector asks about the age of the house or the roof, or other items, give honest answers and if you don't know, simply say so.

  5. Give full access to all areas of the house. The inspector should be able to enter any room to complete their inspection.

  6. Agree to any repairs. The inspector may ask whether certain repairs will be done for the buyer, should the deal go ahead. It is up to you to agree or not agree. The sooner the repairs are done, the sooner this condition can be met in the agreement already signed.

Final Things Before Inspections
It's now show time and buyers are dropping by to see your property. Make sure you are ready.

Here are some steps you need to take:

  1. Final Preparations - Prepare your property. By this time you have followed through all the advice about preparing your property in the other section of this web site.

  2. Sign In - Prepare a sign-in sheet for visitors, especially if you are having an open home.

  3. Top Condition - Make sure the property is in top condition at all times, because you will never know when your agent will drop by with a client. Make sure your agent gives you a couple of hours notice so you can get the place ship-shape before they arrive.

  4. Improving - Keep improving the feel of your property with fresh flowers, soft music and having every room uncluttered.

  5. Exclusions - Make it clear to the agent the items in the house that will not be sold with the property. It's a good idea to place a sticker on each item, such as washing machine, dryers, dining room fixtures etc. so there is no confusion.

  6. Available - Give the buyers a chance to look around the property on their own, because they may want to discuss things privately. However, be available in case buyers want to ask question.

  7. Children - Keep your children busy and quiet and keep pets well away from the action. If you can't take them to the neighbours, put them into the garage, car or some other area, because some buyers are afraid of pets, especially dogs.

  8. Lighting - Make sure the rooms are kept bright, with high wattage bulbs and if it is daytime, open up the drapes and curtains to let in the light.

  9. Valuables - Make sure you have all your valuables securely put away, because these can go missing. (Some people may not be genuine purchasers - they may only be interested in your valuables.)

  10. Sensitive - Finally, be careful you don't say anything offensive to buyers and also don't be too sensitive to their remarks about the house. They may say things that appear detrimental, and it would be best not to argue, but simply walk away.