Most of the buyers hire an inspector to perform a home inspection after in escrow. A home inspector is necessary to assure your buyers that everything is in order. Even if you do have a leaky roof or bad drainage, not telling your buyers could have consequences. The buyer could sue for fraud if issues turn up that weren’t previously disclosed, so finding an inspector who gives an accurate summary of your house’s condition is an important part of the selling process.
Since an inspector is meant to assure your buyers that your house doesn’t have any hidden damages, it is necessary to communicate with the inspector and give them access to every area of the house before the inspection. Buyers should also be encouraged to attend the inspection, as the whole point of the inspection is to illuminate every detail of the house. Consequently, the seller should not be present for the actual inspection, as that could make the inspection seem biased. You can always get the report of the inspection afterward if you want information, as can the buyer if they don’t wish to attend.
The seller can help inspector get ready on following items:
- acquire all property keys, garage openers, etc.
- access to all areas of the property
- the utilities are on for check
- transfer disclosure statement for the inspector to reference as needed
- other documents such as building plans, warranties, operating instructions, etc.
- ensure that any animals are handled as all doors will be opened
- the seller should be available by phone during the inspection
After the inspector writes a report up, you can speak with your agent about which damages the seller is responsible for, and which ones the buyer would be. Discuss if and how you will resolve the house’s issues, and you’ll be well on your way to satisfying both you and your buyer.