Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.
Property inspections are a must when it comes to selling and purchasing a home not just for the buyer to understand the condition of the property they’re about to own, but also if the seller had inspections performed prior to going on the market, these reports are invaluable as disclosure information for the buyer. Now you may ask, why is this so important to me, a listing agent, to do my own property assessment prior to the home inspection, and when I say home inspectors, this includes termite, home, or general inspection, and the roof.
The reason for this home assessment evaluation is twofold
- One: To prepare the property before the inspector arrives. A part of this is to ensure that the home inspector has access. Now, this would be, clear out the space below the bathroom and kitchen sinks for a garage, move anything that’s up against the wall away, for the exterior of the home, anything leaning up against the house, move that away. And if there’s a crawl space, make sure it’s accessible.
- Two: To evaluate any area the home inspector will call out that most likely the homeowner could remedy before the inspection. This would include correct strapping of the hot water heater and smoke and CO detectors. So in this video, I’m going to give you my three-step checklist so you’ll be ready before the home inspector arrives.
Step 1: Exterior Assessment
From the exterior front of your home, survey everything from top to bottom and side to side, continue this assessment to the side yards as well as the backyard. Do the same drill as with the front. Make sure you have something to note your findings on. It can be a voice recorder, pen, and paper, et cetera. I like to do a combination. I will note each item on a pad of paper, and I’ll also take a picture of the item if I think I need to refer to it back later.
Step 2: Interior Assessment
From the interior of your home, go through each room, making notes, taking pictures or videos of the areas of concern. Similar to the exterior at the front of the house, make sure when you walk into a room, survey it from top to bottom and left to right.
Step 3: Review The Findings
After I complete everything, I’ll sit down with the homeowner and discuss what I have found. If needed, I’ll create things-to-do list of items to be handled prior to the inspection.
Going back to my listing, when I did the assessment and sat down with the homeowner, it was determined that three of the bedrooms will need smoke detectors. Fortunately, the homeowner was handy so he was able to install the missing smoke detectors prior to the inspection. The smoke detector the homeowner installed has a 10-year lithium battery sealed and signed. So once the battery expires, this unit will be removed and replaced with a brand new one. This avoids the headache and hassle of replacing batteries every six months. It was also determined that the hot water heater needs to be strapped correctly. So, this will be handled prior to the property going on the market.
As a bonus to my three-step pre-inspection checklist, if you’d like to have a more detailed and comprehensive home evaluation and preparation guide to include getting your home ready to list on the market to help you get maximum value when you sell your home, then get my free Homeowner’s Maximum Value Action Plan.
I hope this helps you get ready for your home inspection and you pass with flying colors.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Warren
Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!
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