The Home Inspection Process
No Home is Perfect
All home sellers should know that no house is perfect. Even with a brand new home, there are bound to be issues that a home inspection will uncover. That is why InspectorNick.com thoroughly inspects each area and system of your house. Our goal is to educate you and your buyer through the inspection process. As a seller, we want you to feel informed, so that you are prepared to address any issues before the sale of your home.
Prepare for the Home Inspection
You may be asking yourself, “How should I prepare for my home inspection?” By following just a few simple home inspection tips, sellers in Kansas City can have a home inspection process that is smooth and stress-free.
Steps for a Successful Inspection
Allow 2-3 Hours
Please allow us 2 to 3 hours to complete the home inspection. This timeframe is for average size homes. Should the home fall into the larger home category, we may require additional time to complete the inspection.
Turn on all Utilities
When preparing for your home inspection as a seller in Kansas City, please ensure all utilities are turned on. This will allow us to complete the inspection in one appointment and not return to inspect items such as furnaces, hot water tanks, gas appliances or electrical components. A fee of $95 will be assessed if there is a need for the inspector to return to the property to re-inspect due to utilities not being on. This fee is usually passed on to the seller.
You should clear all that may block access to the furnace, water heater, electrical panels, and attic crawl spaces. Inspectors will not enter or inspect inaccessible areas. A fee of $95 will be assessed, usually passed on to the seller, if our inspector returns to re-inspect inaccessible areas from the first inspection.
Keep Animals Safe
Please ensure any dogs or cats in the home you are selling and having inspected are kenneled or properly contained in a closed in area. We prioritize the safety of your animals and our inspection team. Homes will not be inspected if pets are loose on the property.
Repair Minor Issues
Prior to your pre-listing home inspection, please repair any minor issues of which you are already aware. Leaky faucets, missing door handles, and loose deck rails are all examples of items that can be fixed before our arrival.
If a radon test has been ordered, EPA protocol must be met in order for the radon test to be valid and to avoid retesting fees being passed on to you. All utilities that affect heating and cooling must be turned on and stay on for the entire duration of the 48-hour test. All windows and doors must be closed except for normal exit and entry.
A Pre-Listing home inspection is available to homeowners who may be considering placing their home on the market.
The Pre-Listing inspection ensures you as the seller, are aware of any problems that might arise during the buyer's home inspection. This allows you an opportunity to either address the issues upfront or sell it as-is and adjust the price accordingly. The alternative can lead to inspection day surprises and costly delays, or potential deal-breakers. Potential buyers appreciate full disclosure and transparency, which in turn can lead to smoother negotiations and a quicker close. The Pre-Listing report will be shorter and more basic than our full-blown buyer’s inspection report. In essence, it is a "Cliffs Notes" version of a home inspection. Pre-listing inspections also cost less than a whole house inspection.
The cost of a Pre-Listing inspection at InspectorNick.com is $270 unless your home is larger than 3,500 sq. ft., additional charges for larger homes apply.
We are here for you to make the process easy.
Our team of inspectors is here to help. Transparency, guidance, and education is our goal during the home inspection. We will help ensure the home you are purchasing is safe for your family and will not cause major or expensive problems in the future.