Accuracy Assured Home Inspections, LLC
Serving Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware Counties

(215) 888-4943

October 19, 2007

Preparing for a buyer's home inspection

The perfect home simply doesn’t exist. Why? Well, in a brand new home, the contractor often is not aware of shortcuts taken by his subcontractors, and government building and code inspectors do not have the time or the budget to inspect everything in every home, so most government inspectors simply do a spot-check of homes in new subdivisions. A home that has been lived in usually has damage that occurred from simply living in it, or additions or remodeling that weren’t permitted. That’s why buyers need a professional home inspection.

The purpose of a home inspection is to document the overall condition of the property at the time of the inspection and to ensure that its major systems and components (water heater, heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical, etc.) are installed properly and working properly. The home inspection is not a warranty since the home inspector is only there for a couple of hours and never saw the home or its systems being built, so he has no idea about any quality control processes. While some items identified during the course of a home inspection might seem like minor items individually, collectively they could add up to major headaches involving both time and money. If sellers know what to look for, they can resolve many minor items before the buyer’s home inspection.

Below is my “check” list of items often found during the course of a home inspection. Completing repairs before the buyer’s home inspection helps ensure that escrow progresses more smoothly. If you have a pre-listing inspection, some, but not all, of these concerns might show up in that inspection report. A pre-listing inspection can be shorter than a standard buyer’s inspection simply because descriptions of the house you’ve been living in might be omitted, and noting things like a hole in a screen window, or a small crack in a window corner, or a loose door hinge are not major items, all things considered, but collectively they can cause a prospective buyer to say, “No, thanks. Too many problems.”

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Move In Certified Home Inspections

Advantages of selling a home that has been Move In Certified: 

1.        The seller can choose a certified InterNACHI inspector to inspect the home properly before the buyer's inspector arrives.

2.        The seller can schedule the inspections at the seller's convenience.

3.        It might alert the seller of any items of immediate personal concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.

4.        The seller can assist the inspector during the inspection, something normally not done during a buyer's inspection.

5.        The seller can have the inspector correct any misstatements in the inspection report before it is generated.

6.        The report can help the seller realistically price the home if problems exist.

7.        The report can help the seller substantiate a higher asking price if problems don't exist or have been corrected.

8.        A seller inspection reveals problems ahead of time which:

·        might make the home show better

·        gives the seller time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors

·        permits the seller to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report

·        removes over-inflated buyer procured estimates from the negotiation table

9.        The report might alert the seller to any immediate safety issues found, before agents and visitors tour the home.

10.    The report provides a third-party, unbiased opinion to offer to potential buyers.

11.    A seller inspection permits a clean home inspection report hosted on to be used as a marketing tool.

12.    Move In Certified yard signs attract potential buyers.

13.    A seller inspection is the ultimate gesture in forthrightness on the part of the seller.

14.    The report might relieve a prospective buyer's unfounded suspicions, before they walk away.

15.    A seller inspection lightens negotiations and 11th-hour renegotiations.

16.    The report might encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.

17.    The deal is less likely to fall apart the way they often do when a buyer's inspection unexpectedly reveals a problem, last minute.

18.    The report helps provide full-disclosure protection from future legal claims.

Of course I always stand ready to perform inspections for your buyers. However, I would like to meet with you in person to explain how I can help streamline your real estate transactions. This seller inspection service I offer might also be used to procure future listings and/or sell homes that are already on the market. Please contact me.


Change those batteries!

The end of Daylight Savings Time is not the end of House Savings Time!

When you set your clocks back next month on November 4th, remember remind your clients to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Also remember to remind clients to add carbon monoxide alarms if their house doesn’t have them, and to replace smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are more than ten years old. Accuracy Assured Home Inspections, as a courtesy, replaces batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are inspected in our client's home.