Preparing for a Home Inspection
Do a Google search and you’ll find plenty of articles explaining to buyers how to prepare for their home inspection. You’ll have less luck finding articles to help prepare sellers for the inspection. The reality is, there are lots of things a seller can do to prepare for the home inspection, which will help make the process go smoothly and give buyers peace of mind when that day comes. Here’s our short list of things a seller can do to be ready for that home inspection.
Declutter and clear space – Areas a home inspector might enter include the attic, electrical box, crawl space, basement and garage. Ensure these areas are clear of debris and clutter so the inspector can easily enter. Also, clear out closets containing furnaces, and areas of exposed plumbing, like under kitchen and bathroom sinks, so the inspector can easily test these items.
Collect documents – Be prepared to provide the inspector with maintenance records for any major repairs or updates you’ve made to your home or the property.
Allow full access – If you have locked doors or gates, it’s best to open these before the inspector needs to access them. This saves time and frustration and avoids any possible rescheduling that may come from not being able to find a key when you need it.
Make it shine – Deferred maintenance can be a red flag for a home inspector. They’ll still test everything they are required to but finding cleanliness can certainly impress the inspector and besides all that, you should have your home clean if it’s getting close to closing anyway.
As you can see, there are a few steps you can take to help make the home inspection process easier on you, the buyers and the home inspector. If you have additional questions about the home inspection process, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help.