The 7 Steps Sellers Should Take to Prepare for a Home Inspection
If you are selling a home, you are probably aware that most of the inspection preparation rests on your shoulders. Things you may consider minor can present major problems for you during the buyer’s inspection, and could ultimately cost you the sale. Follow these seven simple steps to ensure a successful home inspection experience for yourself and the home buyer.
Provide Easy Access
Before the home inspector arrives, make sure he will have access to utility boxes, crawl spaces, attics, and garages. If an inspector cannot gain access to a part of your home, then they will note this lack of access in the inspection report. This could cause a delay in selling your home or possibly derail the transaction completely.
Ensure Utilities Are Connected
Make sure that any necessary utilities are connected. This ensures that the inspector can test your HVAC systems, plumbing, electrical, appliances, and more. You should also be aware that home inspectors may not be allowed to light pilot lights, so make sure you light them prior to the beginning of the inspection.
Empty Your Appliances
You can expect that an inspector will run your dishwasher, washing machine, clothes dryer, and oven in order to ensure that plumbing, venting, and electrical systems are adequate. Be sure to remove all laundry, dishes, and cookware out of these appliances. If an inspector cannot inspect these items, the inspection will be considered incomplete.
Declutter Homes Exterior
Be aware that the foundation, outside faucets, power outlet, and siding will be inspected as well. Make sure that all of these items on the exterior of your home are accessible. This will make the inspectors job easier, will let the buyer know you aren’t trying to hide any defects, and will improve the curb appeal of your home.
Ensure that all light fixtures have working lightbulbs. If a light bulb is burnt out the inspector may remove the light bulb and test the wiring to see if there is an electrical problem with that particular fixture, which may indicate problems with the electrical system in general.
Leave The Premises
Plan on leaving your house to the home buyer and their inspector for about three to four hours. If you have pets, be sure to take them with you or place them in an area where they won’t have access to the buyer or home inspector.
Make Quality Repairs
At the conclusion of the inspection the buyer may ask you to make some repairs or improvements based on the findings listed in the home inspection report. If you hire someone to make these repairs, remember to hire someone who will do the job right. Many home buyers will ask for those items to be inspected again once repairs are completed.
You will find that a more accessible home can result in a better inspection, which could lead to a faster close.