Boulder real estate contract
Great news – your home is under contract. In today’s market, you may have had multiple offers and received a fantastic price. Now, you need to clear the Boulder real estate inspection clause of your contract. Here are my suggestions for a successful Boulder home inspection.
Top 10 real estate -pre-inspection suggestions
- Clean your house. Prior to your inspection, clean your house and have it looking just as great as when buyers were first visiting. The soon to be new owners will be spending several hours in the house imagining themselves living here. Make it as appealing as possible. This includes: lights on, laundry put away, dishes done.
Make certain everything is accessible. Have an attic or crawl space? Leave a note so the inspector knows how to access the space. Get the inspector on your side by making it easy to view the house. Be open to two visits from the inspector so a radon test can be placed.
- Replace any burned out light bulbs, empty the garbage, address small handyman issues you have lived with for the last several years. This is an opportunity to remind the buyer why they fell in love with your house in the first place. Show the house in the best possible light!
- Keep appliances clear – no dishes in the dishwasher, no laundry in the washing machine/dryer. The inspector will operate all appliances during an inspection.
- Be honest and upfront. Your Seller’s Property Disclosure should already be addressing issues in the house. Have something not functioning? Leave a note – you don’t want to hide anything from the buyer.
- Point out the location of your sewer clean out and access to septic. This will make inspections speedier.
- Leave any manuals for appliances or requested documents for the buyers to review. Help the buyer remember why they are paying top dollar for your great home.
- During the summer, mow the lawn prior to the inspection. In the winter, shovel the snow. Easy access is appreciated by the buyers and their inspector and a freshly mowed lawn looks and smells great.
- Park your cars elsewhere – remember buyers may want to see the garage. If you have street parking, leave spaces in front of your unit so the buyers can easily park.
- Leave the house early and return late. The buyer may have only spent minutes in your house before writing an offer. Give them plenty of time during the inspection to imagine living in their new house. Always leave during an inspection. The buyer really wants to see their new house and start imagining where things will go.
That’s my top ten recommendations for successfully navigating the Boulder real estate inspection. Hope you find this blog helpful. Please share your inspection stories. Did you buy a home recently and have an inspection issue? Do you have a suggestion for prepping for an inspection? I would appreciate your comments and feedback below. For a list of recommended home inspectors, check out this previous article.