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Home Inspections: What to Expect

by The Jansen Team

So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Oftentimes, agents make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection.

This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you paid for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or even, in some cases, walk away. Your agent can advise you on the best course of action once the report is filed.

How to Choose an Inspector

Your agent will most likely have a short list of inspectors that they have worked with in the past that they can recommend to you. Consider the following 5 areas when choosing the right home inspector for you:

  1. Qualifications – find out what’s included in your inspection and if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.
  2. Sample Reports – ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. The more detailed the report, the better in most cases.
  3. References – do your homework – ask for phone numbers and names of past clients who you can call to ask about their experiences.
  4. Memberships – Not all inspectors belong to a national or state association of home inspectors, and membership in one of these groups should not be the only way to evaluate your choice. Membership in one of these organizations often means that continued training and education are provided.
  5. Errors & Omission Insurance – Find out what the liability of the inspector or inspection company is once the inspection is over. The inspector is only human after all, and it is possible that they might miss something they should have seen.

Ask your inspector if it’s okay for you to tag along during the inspection, that way they can point out anything that should be addressed or fixed.

Don’t be surprised to see your inspector climbing on the roof or crawling around in the attic and on the floors. The job of the inspector is to protect your investment and find any issues with the home, including but not limited to: the roof, plumbing, electrical components, appliances, heating & air conditioning systems, ventilation, windows, the fireplace and chimney, the foundation, and so much more!

Bottom Line

They say ‘ignorance is bliss,’ but not when investing your hard-earned money into a home of your own. Work with a professional who you can trust to give you the most information possible about your new home so that you can make the most educated decision about your purchase.


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Cold, Hard Home Selling Facts

by The Jansen Team

Selling your home is a long, sometimes inconvenient process. It involves packing, adjusting your schedule around showings, a lot of negotiating, and more. Honesty is the best policy through it all... here are some facts that will help make the process go smoothly. 

  1. A clean, uncluttered home sells. Putting in a little elbow grease will grow your profit by thousands. Get rid of odors, hide small knick-knacks, and make sure the floors sparkle!
  2. Overpricing your home helps sell your neighbor’s home. Picture this – buyers are qualified to buy within a certain price range. They’re looking in a certain location, but your home won’t show up in a home search out of their price range, so it may not even come across their radar.
  3. Trying to hide a defect will haunt you. No one wants to get a call from an attorney who says the buyers are suing for a structural issue that you knew about but chose not to disclose…
  4. Cooperation is the name of the game. Don’t fight the buyer, listen to your agent, pack away your boxing gloves. Things will go smoothly with a little give and take!
  5. What you love isn’t what a prospective buyer loves. Neutralize colors, pack up mounted hunting treasures, etc. Make it so the buyer can picture themselves living there!
  6. Closing date is move out date! Everything needs to be packed, moved out and cleaned. Unfortunately, you can’t go back to finish things you never got to.


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