5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Home Inspection
Great news, you sold your home! In today’s busy market that may have happened faster than you or your agent were anticipating, and the thought of having an inspector in your home may be nerve-racking. Here are a few quick tips to prepare your home for the upcoming inspection:
- Be your own inspector. Eliminate the clutter from the inspection report. Replace burnt-out light bulbs. Tighten loose doorknobs. Check for any plumbing leaks or non-functioning drain stoppers. Replace your furnace filter. The fewer items that appear on the inspection report, the better. You may also consider having a pre-listing inspection. This would point out anything the buyer’s inspector would find and give you time to make a few repairs. Knowing any major deficiencies beforehand will give you time to fix the problem.
- Be upfront about any known issues. Don’t try to hide or cover up issues because the inspector will VERY LIKELY find them. Be honest. Were you planning on replacing the torn screen but haven’t had time yet? Does the dishwasher leak? Leave a note detailing anything you would like the buyer to know. This includes repairs or updates as well. Did you have any recent work done to the home? Leave a copy of the invoice or any manuals for appliances.
- Make sure all utilities are on, especially if the home is vacant. This includes lighting all pilot lights.This allows the inspector to put the house through its paces and will eliminate any uncertainty that could delay the sale.
- Plan to be away from the home for several hours. Also, make arrangements for pets. Go get some coffee, run some errands, meet a friend for lunch, etc. Typically the buyer feels more comfortable when the seller is not present during the inspection.
- Make sure the important areas of the home are accessible. Clutter is understandable while in the process of moving, just be mindful of important areas of the home. A little cleaning goes a long way. The inspector will need to access the electrical panel, furnace, water heater, and any attic areas or crawl spaces, so remove any obstructions. Make sure the washing machine and dishwasher are empty as well since they will also be tested. Leave the keys to any detached garages or sheds.
By taking these 5 steps you can dramatically increase your chances of a successful sale. Good luck!
Aardvark Home Inspectors