Getting your home ready for the home inspection is to the seller benefit. It makes for a smoother inspection and gives the potential buyer a better impression of the home.
Some people think it’s a lot of work, but it’s surprisingly easy.
Here are 7-tips on preparing for the home inspection:
- Clean the House– not necessarily deep cleaning, but a well-cleaned home leaves a good impression on whoever walks into your home. Clean up the exterior as well. A clean home shows how much you take care of it. This includes emptying garbage cans and making sure the toilets are flushed.
- Be ready 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time– Be prepared for the inspector 15-30 minutes early for the inspection with most inspectors starting on the exterior. Make sure that your house is ready for the inspector to begin the inspection.
- Give Access To All Areas– a home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination, but it doesn’t mean our home inspectors are just looking around. The home inspector will operate the appliances, test the electrical system and plumbing, looking for leaks, etc. Make sure everything is on and operational, or the inspector might have to reschedule the inspection, delaying the inspection report, which could ultimately delay the sale.
- Clear the Way– The inspector will need at least three to four feet of working space to inspect items such as the attic, furnace, air conditioner, electrical panel, water heater and sump pump. Make sure to remove clothing around attic access, boxes, bookcases, shelves, or furniture that might be blocking any of these areas.
- Provide Easy Access To Every Room– This includes the basement, and crawlspace. Be sure the path is clear for the inspector to inspect these areas and other house rooms. Secure your valuables and possibly move items away from the walls at least two feet (if possible).
- Leave Keys for Exterior Garage Access– label the keys and put them on the kitchen table.
- Provide Documentation of Repairs or Renovations– Whether you installed a brand-new AC system or had a plumbing system fixed, it is important that you provide documents (receipts, permits etc.) for all the remodeling or repairs done to your home. This way, the buyer will feel more confident with your home, knowing that these items were inspected and done properly.
The Buyer’s inspection report can make or break the sale of your home.
When considering putting your home on the market, it is a good idea to have your own home inspection.
As a seller, you want to present your home’s best side to buyers, so knowing any issues and fixing them before the first buyer arrives is a good thing.
For a pre-listing home inspection call us or book online.