Are you getting ready to sell your house?
Selling your home is a stressful and emotional experience that can seem quite intrusive. But having someone go over your property looking for defects is even more daunting. This article will help you prepare yourself and your property for an inspection. It will also help you better prepare your property for sale. That will mean you can be more confident about its appeal to buyers.
You want to make your property look at its best to maximise its marketability. Just as you would polish your car before trying to sell it, you must also make your house sparkle.
But most of the advice on this topic is about presentation of the home and grounds. Of course that’s important but it’s easy to forget about those parts of your house that buyers won’t see when they visit your property. These areas include the area under your house, in your roof space, on the roof and in some storage areas and outbuildings like a storage shed or garage.
The unseen areas of your home are also important parts of your house for buyers, even if they might not inspect them personally. They are also the most likely areas where attention is needed at your property. Let’s face it – out of sight does mean out of mind.
About the Inspection
Building and timber pest inspections have to meet Australian Standards. They are a visual inspection of all accessible areas of the property to identify defects. That means the inspection isn’t designed to point out the positive features of your property. However, a well maintained property will show fewer problems. This will be reflected in the conclusions of the inspection.
A visual inspection means the inspector doesn’t do anything that could cause damage to the property, like drilling into woodwork. Likewise, the inspector usually doesn’t move furniture to avoid the risk of damage and because of safety and time issues.
Building and timber pest inspections are not a full inspection of plumbing, drainage and electrical systems. Under the law only a licensed plumber or electrician can offer an opinion of these systems. The inspector may make comments on his observations of these systems during the inspection about defects or the risk of defects at the property.
A common issue facing building inspectors is restricted access to some areas of the property. For example, if the access door under your house is locked or blocked and he can’t get in, he needs to point out that defects may exist in these areas. By making sure the inspector can access all areas of your property his report will be more complete and more informative. It will also give buyers more confidence about your home.
If recent maintenance or repair work has been undertaken it will help the inspector if invoices or other records of the work undertaken are made available. It is possible that some reference can be made to this evidence in the inspection report. This information could be valuable to buyers. Please make sure all works are finished before an inspection is carried out.
If you have renovated your house, please make it easy for buyers and the building inspector to confirm that your renovations have been approved by the appropriate authorities. A building inspector will note the renovations and point out to readers of the report that approvals need to be checked.
Why not make this information available to the inspector so it can be noted in the report. Also make the approval available for buyers. It gives them comfort and confidence and saves them time. This is another easy way to make your property stand out.
It is possible to reduce the level of defects present at your property by being aware of some common issues seen by inspectors that can be rectified quite easily.
We have created a defects checklist that you can use to walk through your property and get a feel for things that might need some attention. Fixing up these issues will result in a better sale outcome and a cleaner inspection report.
Keep reading for our One Page Checklist for getting your house Inspection Ready
One Page Checklist for making your house inspection ready.
Sub-floor areas, internal and external storage areas
• Ensure access points to any sub-floor/storage areas are unlocked and clear of any obstacles.
• Remove stored items and debris from under your house so that the inspector can safely enter the sub-floor areas to inspect the foundations, drainage and underside of flooring. Timber debris is also a termite risk.
• If there is no access point to the sub-floor area, please think seriously about installing one. It’s frustrating for inspectors and buyers if this area can’t be inspected and can create doubts in their minds. What would you think if you were a buyer?
Furniture and floor coverings
• Where possible, give the inspector access to inspect the condition of internal flooring, particularly wooden floors.
• Properly uncluttering your house will make the inspector’s job easier and help to make the report more complete for any buyer.
Windows and Doors
• Make sure windows and doors are unlocked during the inspection so the inspector can check they are working well.
Internal roof space (Rood Void)
• Same as the sub-floor – please ensure the inspector can get reasonable access to enter the roof.
• Please remove any stored or unused items from the roof space
• Where possible, please vacuum the area to remove or reduce dust build-up. This makes the inspection easier and more complete but also reduces the risk of dust entering your house during the inspection.
• Think about the best way for the inspector to climb onto your roof (he can only use a 3.6 metre ladder). On two storey properties, he might be able to use a second storey balcony or terrace or a lower flat roof.
• If it’s unsafe to get on the roof, the inspector will need to view the roof from a distance. This may affect the completeness of the report. High roofs are a problem that sometime can’t be overcome.
If you are getting any plumbing, drainage, electrical or air-conditioning work done before you sell, ask the tradesmen to carry out a general inspection of the system and give you a report on it. These can add value for buyers as building inspectors are limited in what they can say about these systems.
As a vendor, think about the type of information you’d like to see if you were a buyer. Providing better information for buyers creates powerful marketing benefits for your property and makes it much easier for buyers to make a confident decision to buy your house.
How We Can Help?
Making an inspection report easily available to buyers at a low cost is a great way to improve your property marketing and engage buyers to look seriously at your home.
Our Open Access inspection service is proven over thousands of inspections. It works for you and for buyers.
Having an EYEON report for your property will give you more confidence about what you are selling and lets buyers check out your place more quickly with lower risk.
Better information about your property means you can tell a better story about your home. That means better marketing.
Call us on 1300 798 274 to find out how a small investment in our service can make a big difference to the sale of your property.
If you have any questions about this article, please don’t hesitate to contact EYEON on 1300 798 274 or [email protected]
Good luck with the sale of your property!
The EYEON Property Inspections Team