Are You Prepared for a Home Inspection?

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Are you thinking of selling your home? If you are, it would be wise to prepare for a home inspection in advance. Doing so will help you avoid problems in the future. When it comes to selling properties, surprises are almost always a bad thing. The last thing you want, after all, is for a home inspector to discover a problem that could get in the way of you making a sale just because you didn’t prepare for an inspection.
In some instances, sellers provide buyers with a detailed home inspection. Buyers also have the option to hire their own inspector. In some areas, sellers only need to provide disclosures and buyers have to pay for the inspection themselves. Whether you’re providing the home inspection for the buyer or you are anticipating a home inspector sent by the buyer, one thing is clear – you have to be prepared.
Include these in your checklist to make sure that you don’t miss anything:
Clean Your House
You’d be surprised how many homeowners overlook this step. You shouldn’t. After all, home inspectors are homeowners, too. That means their first impression of how well your home has been maintained would depend a lot on how clean or how dirty it is. It’s best that you make the best first impression you can ever make. Don’t think (like many homeowners do) that home inspectors can and will see past your clutter because they won’t.
Make Sure All Utilities are Connected
During his visit, the home inspector will check the furnace, the air conditioning system, the dishwasher, and the stove. Make sure that he will be able to inspect these utilities without a hitch. If the power is off and the utilities couldn’t be checked, the inspector would have to reschedule. That means there would be delays in the closing of your transaction. You might even have to pay a reinspection fee.
Provide Access to Your Attic or Basement
The inspector will have to check the basement and/or the attic so you should make sure he has access to those areas. Before the inspection, you should see if there’s water in the basement. Also, store boxes and furniture from the walls. Clean these areas and check the attic for any signs of rodent droppings.
Clean the Exterior of Your Home
The home inspector will not only check every nook and cranny of your house but the space surrounding your home. Make sure that there is a path around the house. Clear away all dead tree branches and dead plants.Mow the lawn if needed and dispose your garbage.
Have Repair Documents at a Ready
If you had any repairs or remodelling jobs done, your home inspector will ask for the invoices and other documents so make sure you prepare them.
Once you have everything ready for the home inspection, the only thing you need to do then is to schedule the inspection at a time and day when you can be out of your house. Most buyers are not comfortable asking the inspectors questions if the owner of the house is present.
If you are selling your home and you need help determining which parts of your house needs work to get a good score in the inspection, contact Tammy Samuels! As a seasoned realtor, Tammy can guide you and help ensure that your home is in its best shape and ready for inspection!