“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” they say. But when it’s time to put your home on the market, you need to take a very objective point of view – especially when it comes to the eventual inspection.
Home sellers are almost always anxious (and sometimes a little insecure) when it comes to how their homes stack up against the competition. One way to help ensure that your home will be deemed “worthy” (and a fair investment) is to understand the criteria by which the harshest home critics (home inspectors) will be evaluating your home for sale.
We’ve talked quite a bit here in my blog about beautifying, decluttering, upgrading, and greening your home. But all that’s done with prospective buyers in mind. Today, I’m suggesting that you step into the shoes of the home inspector, who doesn’t care if your walls are painted in rainbow stripes as long as they’re sound and not showing cracks. It’s not a bad idea to arm yourself with a sample home inspection checklist and take a critical look at your home before you even think about putting it on the market.
Here are links to a few free checklists available online so that you can have a better idea of what to expect:
These checklists are not the same as a real home inspection, but you don’t need one of those until your house is under contract. Knowing what an inspector is likely to find can be helpful, however. A realistic view of your home makes arriving at an asking price easier. You also may identify a few fixes to take care of before you list your home – increasing its value and removing potential objections. No matter what you find, honest eyes are your best ally when assessing your assets – home or otherwise.