Many homeowners tend to get nervous at the thought of a home inspector going through their house with a fine-tooth comb, worrying that the inspector will find a major problem requiring costly repairs and delaying the sales process. Though the experience might seem daunting, with a little effort ahead of time, you as the home seller(s) can ensure everything goes smoothly—both for you and the inspector. Just follow this handy guide to help you prepare for a home inspection.
1. Clean and Declutter
Start by cleaning your home and decluttering living spaces. A tidy home not only creates a positive impression but also allows the inspector to easily access areas like the basement, attic, and utility spaces. Remove any stored items blocking access points to vital systems like the HVAC unit and water heater.
2. Provide Documentation
Gather relevant documents related to home maintenance, repairs, and renovations. Having records of past improvements, fixes, and warranties can provide valuable context for the inspector. It showcases your commitment to maintaining the property and can help in understanding the home’s history.
3. Ensure Accessibility
Make sure all areas of your home are accessible, including the garage, crawlspaces, and the backyard. If gates or doors are locked, unlock them before the inspection. If you have pets, consider temporarily relocating them so the inspector can focus on their job without any distractions or safety concerns.
4. Check All Utilities
Ensure that all utilities, including water, electricity, and gas, are turned on. The inspector will need to test appliances, outlets, and fixtures to see that they’re functioning correctly. If your home has been vacant, ensure that pilot lights are lit so the inspector can check heating systems properly.
5. Make Small Repairs; Do Maintenance Work
Address any minor repairs beforehand, such as leaky faucets, loose door handles, or faulty light switches. While these might seem trivial, they indicate to the inspector that the home is well-maintained and cared for—plus, it prevents them from noting down easily fixable issues.
6. Don’t Forget the Exterior
Trim overgrown bushes and trees that could be touching the house; clean out gutters; and repair any damaged areas on the roof, siding, or foundation.
By following these steps to prepare for a home inspection, you’re not only setting up everyone involved for success but also saving time, moving the sales process along, and leaving a positive impression on buyers. For more information about what home inspectors will check for and how to prepare, visit our blog. Want to hire the Homeinex professionals for a pre-inspection? Contact us today!