A home inspection might seem like another hoop to jump through, but it’s all about a fair deal. Buyers have the right to know what they’re signing up for. The goal of a home inspection is just that–letting the buyer know the state of the home they’re considering.
A home inspection doesn’t need to deter buyers either. You just have to be prepared.
Here are a few essential tips every home seller can use to prepare their home before a home inspection.
Clean and Declutter
The number one barrier to a successful home inspection isn’t pets or wiring–it’s stuff.
In order to inspect a home, the inspector has to be able to see the area in question. So if your washing machine is in the way of an electrical panel, your home inspector won’t be able to take a look at it. Think of it this way: home inspectors look for what they call readily accessible areas, but they have to be able to get to those areas.
If they can’t see it, they can’t inspect it. And that leaves a bad feeling for the buyer.
To prepare your home, work with your realtor to identify areas your home inspector will need to access and spend a few hours clearing clutter from those areas.
While your home inspector will test the functionality of various items throughout your home, a home inspection is not the moment to discover a broken faucet. Make sure to test functionality before the inspector arrives.
This includes things like:
- Flushing all toilets
- Running all faucets
- Opening and closing windows
- Testing window locks
- Testing window seals
- Testing all light switches
- Checking the weather stripping
- Testing the garage door
- Checking the ducts
- Checking the downspouts
- Running your bathroom fans
It’s a good idea to get a home inspection checklist and run through everything the inspector will examine.
Make Necessary Repairs
If it needs to be repaired, your inspector will find it. It’s better to fix those issues now rather than having them go on the inspection report.
This could include fixes as minor as switching out a lightbulb to afternoon projects like replacing grout to large undertakings like replacing your windows. It’s not fun to make those repairs, especially if you’re looking to sell, but it’s one less thing that will turn a buyer away.
If you’re not sure where to begin, you can work with your realtor or ask for a pre-inspection. This will give you a chance to identify any major problems and correct them before the buyers request an inspection.
Ready for Your Home Inspection?
A home inspection might feel like a headache, but it’s actually one of the best ways to help a buyer make up their mind. And if you’re ready for the inspection, you can cement a sale.
Our job is to help you find your new home without all the worry. So if you’re ready to move to your next chapter with peace of mind, get in touch to learn how we can help you get there.