When listing your home for sale, the most important consideration is how to
get the most attention from potential buyers. It’s simple, the more buyers
interested in your home the better. You have already considered how to
build curb appeal and staging the home for marketing and home visits, but
have you prepared your home for buyers who may wish to use FHA
Often, first time homebuyers take advantage of the great benefits of FHA
financing, such as lower down payment requirements and easier qualifying.
But it’s not just the borrower that has to qualify for FHA financing, the home
does also. In order to appraise for FHA financing, the home must be livable
and safe. A special appraiser will not only ensure the purchase price is
comparable to other properties, but also verify the condition of the home.
Here are some key aspects:
· Safety and Security – There must not be any hazards in the home.
Everything from faulty wiring to loose carpet can be considered a safety
· Structural Integrity – The inspector will look for cracks in the walls or
sags in the floor that could indicate an issue.
· Health and Sanitation – All systems must be in good working order,
such as: plumbing, heating, cooling, etc.
· Water and Sewer Systems – The home must have safe drinking
water and the sewer and waste systems must be clear from any blockage
· Pests – FHA financing will include a clear pest inspection. This
means a termite inspection as well as being free from rodents and other
As a seller, knowing what kinds of issues could disqualify an FHA loan
makes your home attractive to a larger selection of potential buyers.
Ensure these issues are corrected before listing which allows you to list as
an FHA property.