A Seller’s Guide to the Home Inspection

The excitement of going under contract on your home sale can give way to uneasiness when the time comes to schedule the inspection. You never know what minor blemish may be identified as a larger issue.

By taking some simple proactive steps, you can remove the pressure from the inspection and objection process.


To start, here’s what to expect from the inspection process: It’s part of nearly all home sale transactions as a way for the home buyer to validate that they are purchasing a house free of major issues. If issues are found, the objection process lets the buyer and seller to negotiate on any suggested repairs or allowances before the home sale transaction closes.

Each home (and home inspection) is unique and distinctive. But, usually a thorough inspection will include an assessment of the home’s:

·       Exterior review (including roof, windows, & doors)

·       Foundation & structural integrity

·       Attic (and attic insulation)

·       Plumbing system (including water heater; a sewer scope is usually available as an add-on option)

·       HVAC system (including furnace, air conditioner, and/or evaporative cooler)

·       Electrical system

·       Appliances


Home Inspection Tips & Tricks

We suggest performing a few tasks to make a positive showing for the inspector. To start, tidy up and perform a deep-clean to give the inspector the impression the home has been cared for. It is also best to move any objects that may be in the inspector’s way, as they will require access to your attic and basement spaces (if applicable).

You should also consider repairing any minor dings and dents around the house before the inspection. Things like small paint chips, exposed nails, or drywall dents might indicate that there is a larger issue.


Roof Issues to Know About

Along the Front Range, the roof inspection can be especially worrisome due to the amount of severe storm activity we see. Some of the common roof issues that inspectors are trained to watch out for include visible interior water damage, missing shingles or tiles, hail bruises, and missing shingle granules.

One option to consider is having a professional roofer perform a roof assessment prior to the inspection. A reputable roofing company will provide thorough documentation of your roof and identify any major issues before a buyer’s inspector does. If significant issues are found, you can either have them repaired in advance, or disclose them to potential buyers. Alternatively, if the roof is in good working condition, the roofer may provide a certification stating they believe the roof has plenty of life remaining as-is.


An Expert Advisor In Your Corner

When you have the right real-estate partner on your side, navigating the home selling, inspection, and objection process becomes a whole lot easier. Our team of experts has helped thousands of Denver-area sellers through it, building knowledge and relationships along the way. There is no team better suited to advocating for you than the Bartic Group, and we can’t wait to show you why. Get in touch with us here or at (720) 208-7200 to get started.