Categories Home Inspection

Why You Need a New Home Inspection

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Everyone’s goal in selling their home is to find the red flags before negotiations begin and make the most money possible.

Getting an inspection before listing will ultimately save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

A serious buyer will more than likely require a home inspection before sealing the deal, but the pre-listing inspector will not be the same one doing the buyer’s inspection.

The inspector hired by the seller will identify hidden problems and necessary repairs that, once addressed, will ultimately raise the value of your house.

If you receive an A grade, or near, you can hand out copies of the report to potential buyers to showcase the condition of your home.

Save Money

A pre-inspection gives you a heads up on any repairs or problems potential buyers will want you to address. You then have the time to compare costs for different issues and a variety of contractors.

Any issues that show up in the buyer’s inspection report will ultimately lower your asking price, tackle these head on before listing!

A pre-inspection report will also allow you to disclose all problems upfront and this can protect you against claims buyers could make later.

The fewer problems your home has, the faster it will likely sell.

Quick Sales Process

Lessen the time of back-and-forth negotiations and have your house market ready. When repairs are already identified and completed your home will be more attractive to buyers.

Pre-inspection reports will reassure buyers that no major surprises are waiting for them and they’ll feel more comfortable making an offer.

Spotlight Attractive Features

As long as you’re not trying to sell a fixer-upper, a pre-inspection can highlight the selling points of your home.

Whether it’s an electrical upgrade or seriously cool swimming area, instill the confidence in buyers that there are no problems to be found.

Now you know the benefits of a pre-inspection, but what are some things you can do to prepare for the inspection? Check out our tips to ensure a successful inspection:

  • De-clutter: Clean out those spaces below your bathroom or kitchen sinks, move any boxes out of the way, and clear the path to water heaters and other appliances.
  • Full access: Give inspectors complete access by unlocking garages, gates, sheds, etc. and moving any items blocking the path to attics or basements.
  • Turn on lights: Make sure light bulbs work, even in areas of little use like basements or storage spaces.
  • Pull out the paperwork: Provide your inspector with documentation of home maintenance and repairs. This will include roof, chimney, water heater inspections and any insurance claims.
  • Check for clogs: Go through your home and check each sink by running water. Take care of slow drains with store-bought clog removers or contact a plumber for any seriously clogged drains.

Check out what our seller’s inspection provides and give yourself the upper hand in negotiations by avoiding any surprises in an inspection report.

Schedule an inspection with us today.  We guarantee an inspection within 48 hours, and we’re open 7 days a week!

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Categories Home Inspection

Quick Guide to Pool Inspections

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With summer weather coming, especially here in Texas, many of us are itching to spend our free time outside relaxing by the pool and catch a break from the heat.

Pools can be the most valuable asset to a home, providing family and friends with a place to spend time together, but it can also be a huge headache if not properly maintained.

Easy UpKeep

  • Keep your furry friends out! We all love our family pets, and it’s fun to have your beloved dog splashing around with the kids, but their fur can actually clog up essential systems. If you absolutely can’t keep your dog out of the pool be sure to use a net to get out any fur left behind.
  • Clean your pool’s walls. This isn’t the most glamorous aspect of having a pool, but you’ll save yourself from a nasty algae problem if you regularly clean off debris with a soft brush.
  • Check your chlorine use. The use of chlorine is supposed to help keep those swimming in it from getting sick, but make sure you don’t have too little or too much.
  • Prepping your pool before the freezing temps hit will not only keep your pool clean, but it can also prevent burst pipes or cracks.
  • Keep the cover clean during winter. Regularly brush leaves, debris, and water from the top of the cover to keep the cover in good condition and make your Spring cleaning that much easier.

When to Get an Inspection

Whether you’re buying a new home or looking to make sure your current pool and spa area are highly functioning, an inspection can do wonders for preserving this popular asset of your home.

Are you buying or selling a home with a pool? Get an inspection to ensure everything is in order or gain some leverage in the bargaining process.

Tips for Your Pool Inspection

Pool problems can be costly to repair and difficult to spot for the average person so an inspection can be a wise investment for homeowners and buyers. If you’re buying a home with a pool, spa, or hot tub an inspection is essential.

  • Inspect while operational. A proper inspection will take place when you uncover your pool, and it is running and clean.
  • Water clarity. The water should be clean and clear enough to see the drains at the bottom; this is the fastest way to check water quality.
  • Evaluate all systems. A good inspector will review everything from ladders to filtration systems and pumps. This is why it’s important that the pool is operational so the inspectors can properly evaluate all areas of your pool.
  • Get a written report. This will be useful when closing on a home to document any standing problems in your negotiations.

A pool inspection will help you identify potential hazards and help you with how to move forward with any necessary repairs. Overall, an inspection is a small price to pay to ensure your pool is in tip-top shape and avoid any springtime surprises that you’ll feel in your checkbook.

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