3. Not reading the inspection report
Too many buyers and sellers just glance at the inspection report, Gibson says.
You need someone who uses "clear, concise" language in person and in written reports, says Mitenbuler.
One clue: Scan a few inspection reports, he says. Either check the website or ask for a sample.
A knowledgeable pro will state simply what's wrong with the house and what it will take to fix, Mitenbuler says.
Reports are often in digital format, with photos to illustrate the home's strengths and weaknesses, Gibson says.
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4. Not getting a presale inspection
Many sellers elect to leave the presale inspection to the buyers, says Bloxom.
But that's a mistake.
When the buyers get an inspection (and if they're smart, they will), the sellers will have little time to complete repairs and keep the sale on track, says Bloxom.
But if sellers have the home inspected before putting it on the market, they have more time to get repairs done, he says. With the extra time, they can shop around and control costs.
Both buyers and sellers often wait too long to engage an inspector, Gibson says. You should find an inspector long before you have (or make) an offer, he says. Some buyers and sellers will wait for the second-to-last day before they even call, Gibson says: "Any good inspector will be booked out."
5. Not prepping the home
Inspectors are peeved when homeowners don't prepare the house.
"Don't force the home inspector to empty the closet to get into the attic," Mitenbuler says. If you have a crawl-space hatch, move anything sitting on top of it.
Got a lock on a utility closet, basement or shed? The inspector needs access. So open it or provide keys.
For homeowners, inspections "are invasive," he says. "I get it."
For a seller, the best tack is to be at home to meet the inspector, introduce yourself, provide your cell number -- and then you can take off, Mitenbuler says.
To reduce the need for repeat inspections, hire professionals to do repairs, Bloxom says.
Too many times, when faced with a list of needed repairs, a seller will DIY or try to get them done on the cheap, he says. But that shows up during the re-inspection and could mean another round of repairs -- and a 3rd or 4th inspection, Bloxom says.
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