Getting your home ready for inspection is one of the tasks associated with selling it. Once you’ve made the decision to sell and hired the perfect listing agent, you then have to face the inspection of the home to help the buyer’s decision. If you are not fully prepared for an inspection, it could jeopardize the entire sale. To help kickstart the process, we have compiled 8 tips for sellers to help ease the inspection.
- Remove clutter and clean the house.
Cleaning the house up is one of the simplest tips to prepare for an inspection. If your home is clean and tidy, you will give the impression that your property is well taken care of. Empty spaces beneath sinks or any area that blocks the water heater or other important appliances. This will create ease for the inspector to move through your home efficiently.
- Get paperwork together.
To get the most accurate inspection report, provide the inspector with any documentation you have of maintenance and repairs that have been done in your home. This includes upgrades on appliances that will be included with the sale as well.
- Leave the utilities on.
The home inspector will need to run the dishwasher, test the stove, and turn on the furnace and air conditioning units. Leave the utilities on for this, even if the home is vacant. If you have already cut them off, the inspector will need to reschedule for a time when they are on again which could push back the sale of the home.
- Keep pilot lights ignited.
Gas-fired appliances such as a gas log fireplace, which utilize a pilot light, need to be on for the inspection. The inspector will not turn them on as they are typically not covered for that liability. This is another important area that needs to be taken care of in order for a thorough inspection to take place or the buyer could delay closing until it is completed.
- Prep the interior.
Many items on an inspector’s checklist will include alarms and fixtures. To get a satisfactory report, be sure to replace any dead batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors so that they will work properly during the inspection. Replace any burned out light bulbs as well before the inspector arrives.
- Provide easy access to the basement and attic.
The inspector will need to see your attic and basement, so be sure that all pathways are clear. Move storage boxes away from walls to make it easier for the inspector to see if there are any signs of water damage.
- Leave the keys to exterior electrical boxes.
If your garage door opener or sprinkler system involve remotes, leave them out and properly functioning for the inspector to test. Any exterior electrical boxes should also be accessed so leave keys if necessary.
- Clear debris from exterior inspection points.
Provide a clear path around the house so the inspector can accurately see every detail on the outside. This may include cutting down dead tree branches and clearing brush away from the foundation of the home.
By following these steps and doing a great job of preparing for the inspection, your buyer’s inspector will be able to provide a clear and complete report. You could also hire an inspector independently before listing your home to ensure that any maintenance issues are resolved before the house hits the market. This will alleviate any pressure from the buyer to fix items on a deadline before closing.