How to have the condominium inspection go smoothly?
The property inspection is generally a contingency of sale. The buyer or buyers’ agent will contact you to schedule the inspection. Following are six suggestions to make the home inspection process go smoothly:
- Leave the premises: It is ok to be absent during the inspector’s visit and turn over the duties to your real estate agent. Your agent should be familiar with the inspection process and be able to act as your representative.
- Be courteous: The inspector is not an adversary and are not out to find fault with your property. The inspector’s role is to offer the buyer a fair assessment of the property. Allow at least two hours for the inspection.
- Don’t refute negative comments – Don’t follow or argue with the inspectors. Explain and negotiate after you review the inspector’s report.
- Don’t make statements that can’t be verified: Make sure you can verify any answer to the inspector, such as when the kitchen was remodeled. You may need to provide documentation if the inspector does not agree with your answer. The same caution about misrepresentations applies to questions about whether permits were obtained for remodeling and the exact square footage of your condominium.
- Unblock access to normal living areas of your home: If the home inspector can’t enter a room it will be noted on the report and the buyer may question it.
- Agree to resolutions quickly: The buyer may ask the inspector to okay any repairs you agree to make as a result of the inspection. Don’t delay in any repairs or other resolution, such as giving a cash credit, to the buyer so you meet the contingency and close of escrow.