Prepare For Your Bloomfield Hills Real Estate Home Inspection

Posted in Bloomfield Hills Real Estate by Michigan Real Estate Expert on March 23rd, 2009

Few things can derail your plans to sell your Bloomfield Hills real estate like failing a home inspection.  Most states require that a home inspection be completed and turned over to the buyer before the contract is finalized.

To prepare for your Bloomfield Hills real estate inspection, you’ll want to thoroughly clean your home.  It’s also a good idea to examine all the appliances to make sure they’re in good working condition.

What Will the Inspector Do?

You may be surprised to learn that the inspector will turn on the stove and test the dishwasher and garbage disposal.  They’ll make sure the furnace and air conditioning systems work.  You’ll want to clear out the area around the furnace and hot water heater because the inspector will need a few feet of space to work in.

If you plan to leave your home before selling it, be sure to leave the pilot lights lit for the inspection.  Most of the Bloomfield Hills real estate inspectors will not re-light pilot lights because of insurance regulations.  This can delay the completion of the inspection and cause the loan process to take longer.

The inspector will test the water pressure by flushing the toilets and turning on all the faucets.  This process can reveal leaks or clogs in the system.

It will be easier for the inspector if you aren’t in the house at the time.  Try to arrange to be out of the house for the inspection, and take your pets with you.  Pets can be an unnecessary distraction to the inspector.

What’s Next?

Hopefully your home passed inspection with no problem.  If you get a repair request from the inspector, don’t worry.  You aren’t obligated to make the repairs unless it’s stated in the contract.  However, you run the risk of the contract being canceled if you refuse to make reasonable repairs.

If you’d like ideas on how to stage and prepare your Bloomfield Hills real estate for sale, order the FREE book for sellers, “Staging Tips to Prepare Your Home for Market.”  There is absolutely no obligation or strings attached to this FREE offer. 

Ready to sell your Bloomfield Hills real estate in Southeast Michigan?  I’ll help you obtain the best price for your home.  Call me today at 248-514-2640 or email right now to get started.

Lee Morof
RE/MAX Showcase Homes
Birmingham, Michigan
Call:  248-514-2640

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