The homeowner is confident that all is ready. The stage is set for a rapid sale. It’s a charming home. The cabinets and floors have been scrubbed clean. The walls and ceilings have been newly painted. The clutter has been tucked away, and the books are neatly stacked. The main living areas have been staged with linens and flowers. The listing agent has done her job well. The price has been set right to sell. There is an offer on the house.
Now it is time for the buyer’s home inspection. The buyer is excited. This seems like the home of their dreams. They too become more confident as the inspection progresses. The home inspector finds no significant issues in the exterior, where the siding, foundation, doors, windows, and roof were inspected. The boiler, water heater, wiring and electrical box that were observed in the basement are reportedly in good condition. The basement appears dry. No issues were identified with the interior finishes.
Lastly, the attic is inspected. Access to the attic is from a hatch in a bedroom closet. No one has gone up there since the homeowner moved in. The buyer’s inspector finds mold on the framing and in the attic insulation. The perspective buyer is quite alarmed by these findings. They back out of the purchase and sales agreement.
To prevent a scenario like this one from occurring, a seller can have a seller’s home inspection as part of preparations to sell. Know your home. Knowledge is power – contact us today!