Picture this: your neighbors sit down at your dinner table to break bread with you for the first time. Now imagine, after eating your food, drinking your wine and savoring your signature cheesecake – they open their mouths and let fly what they really think of your house:
"Wow. The carpets are pretty dirty, aren’t they?"
"The toilet rattles when you flush it. You should really have that looked at."
"And that foggy window in your guest room… Did somebody say – deferred maintenance?"
It’s like that time in middle school when Heather-the-head-cheerleader laughed at your picture day outfit and you pretended to be sick and called your mom to pick you up early because it was Just. Too. Awkward. Relax! You’re a grownup now – and who do your neighbors think they are, anyway? Showing up at your house and insulting you like that?
It's Okay! This isn't Junior High - It's Just the Inspection Objection!
Take a deep breath and put down the phone – let your mom sit this one out. Even if you read our Seller's Guide: Preparing for Home Inspection and did everything in your power to prepare for your inspection, there will undoubtedly be a few things that pop up on your Inspection Objection (sometimes referred to as the Inspection Notice).
When the potential buyer of your home sends you the Inspection Objection, try to remember: whatever the buyer points out in the Inspection Objection isn’t designed to insult you; it’s designed to sweeten the deal for them or to ensure the home they are purchasing is in good working order when the deal closes.
Here are a Few Examples of Items that May Come Up on the Buyer's Inspection Objection:
(Remember – you’re an adult now and you’re selling your house – which means you totally don’t live in your mom’s basement. So, like – whatever, Heather.)
Broken, cracked or foggy window panes, missing or torn window screens
Missing smoke detectors/no carbon monoxide detector
Signs of water damage on the floor/ceiling/walls
Messy or dated electrical panels – inspectors really hate this and it can be a hazard
Garage door safety features that protect kids/pets
Non-functioning sprinkler systems in the yard
Plumbing or wiring not up to code
Broken closet doors (fix easy stuff like this before you go on the market)
Missing or damaged gutter extensions (they should end 4+ feet away from the house)
Peeling paint or stain on exterior surfaces and decking
Damaged siding or stone/brick façade
Cracks in walls/ceiling from foundation settling
Non-functioning appliances included in the sale (such as the refrigerator)
This list is not exhaustive and doesn’t include issues like pest control, mold, radon or numerous other items that can pop up on the Inspection Notice. But don’t be alarmed! Buyers who are scared away by something they uncover during the inspection will generally let you know right away (through their own agent) that they are running for the hills.
The vast majority of the time, you’ll receive an Inspection Notice that allows you to negotiate actual repair/replacement issues or concessions in lieu of these items.
Receiving this Notice is a Thumbs-Up from the Buyer that they Still Want to Purchase your Property - Not a Threat to Kill the Deal.
If ever there was a time to keep calm and carry on – the day you receive an Inspection Notice from your buyer is just such a moment. Our team at TRELORA is here to guide you every step of the way, and we’ll help you respond to the buyer's Inspection Notice and craft your Inspection Resolution with chutzpah.