How To Get Ready For A Home Inspection
When it comes time to sell your home, you can pretty much guarantee that a home inspection will be taking place. Make it easier on yourself and get ready for a home inspection on your home in advance. Here we break down a few steps for you so that you can help prevent future problems or surprises when an inspection actually happens.
Regardless of whether you’re providing an inspection detail to your buyer, or expecting your buyer’s inspector to show up, it is better to be thoroughly prepared.
Easy How To Guide To Get Ready For A Home Inspection
A little preparation can go a long way, and might even help you sell your home for more money. Just remember that the more work you do, the less work buyers have to do, which means you can usually list your price for a little higher. Here is a basis list of what inspectors are looking for so you can do a small pre-inspection on your own:
- Roof: defects or missing shingles, loose or missing gutters, defects in chimneys or skylights
- Exterior: dents or bowing in vinyl, flaking paint, cracks or rots, adequate clearing between siding and earth
- Windows, Doors and Trim: rotting frames, damaged glass, peeling caulk
- Interior Rooms: water damage or staged ceilings, adequate insulation, sufficient heating vents, damaged flooring
- Kitchen: proper venting, leaky sinks, defects or hazardous appliances
- Bathrooms: properly flushing toilets, shower spray, loose caulk around tub
- Plumbing: drains flow properly, proper temperature adjustments, adequate water pressure
- Electrical: faulty electrical panels, light switches and outlets
- Grounds: crumbling path or walls, too much standing water, dying trees
- Structure: foundation integrity, rotting windows, rotting door frames, cracks in the walls or foundation
Now that you know what to look for, read our tips on how to get ready for a home inspection so that the process goes as easy and smooth as possible.
Clean Your House First
Maybe this is an obvious step, but you’d be surprised at how many times we’ve seen cluttered homes on inspection day. Clean homes say that you care about your home and keep it well maintained. Inspectors might have preconceived ideas about the rest of your home just because it’s messy.
Put your best foot forward with a clean home.
Don’t Hide or Cover Anything Up
If something isn’t working properly, don’t try to hide it or cover it up. The inspector will find it. If something is broken, and you can’t immediately fix it, you can leave a note that says you know it’s broken and you’re working on getting it fixed. Buyers get very suspicious when sellers try to cover up defects.
You don’t want to come off as dishonest, so don’t lose their confidence over something trivial.
Remove Yourself and Your Pets
One of the best pieces of advice we can give if you is to not be there for the inspection. Leave the house about an hour before the inspection and plan on it last for roughly 3 hours, depending on the size of your home. Leave your phone numbers in case of an emergency, and go grab lunch and a movie.
Be sure you also crate your pets or take them with you. Home inspectors will not come into the house if your dogs are inside, and they need to check things outside too. Better to remove all pets from the home if you can’t crate them up.
Make Sure Attics and Crawl Spaces Are Easily Accessible
When you’re trying to get ready for a home inspection, make sure the paths to the attic, the garage, and the crawl spaces are clear. Check for water in the basement. Clear out all of the boxes against the walls. Try to vacuum up any spider webs and dust to make it easier for the inspector to do his job.
They will move your things if necessary, so better to move anything in the way of the attic space space or hatch.
Clear Space Around Furnace and Water Heaters
Sometimes the space around the furnace or water heaters make for decent storage. Make sure you remove any boxes or belongings from these spaces. If you have furniture or anything around the entry points to these places though, you need to clear a path. Inspectors will not move furniture for you, and they don’t want their time wasted by having to come back. Or they will advise their buyer to hire a specialist, who might find more problems than an general inspector would (insert more dollar signs here).
Get Your Paperwork Together
Do yourself a favor and collect all of your invoices and documents from any remodeling projects, including receipts from larger purchases like a new roof or water heater. If you’ve recently updated all the outlets, include that paperwork. If you have any past inspections, include the documentation for this inspector to review. The more stuff you have together, the more willing your buyer will be to move in!
Leave All The Utilities Connected
During their process, the home inspector will need to turn on the stove, run the dishwasher, test the air condition, etc. Leave all of the utilities on, especially if the home is vacant. If the power is off, the inspector will need to reschedule and that could delay the entire closing process.
Leave Keys For Any Outdoor Electrical Boxes or Buildings
If your garage is not attached to your house, make sure you leave a door opener or key. If you have a sprinkler system or electrical box outside, make sure they can easily access them. Label the keys and leave them on the counter so that the inspector has no issues doing the inspection.
It might also be a good idea to trim down any excess brush or debris outside that might be blocking views of your foundation. Plus, a tidy exterior adds that extra level of curb appeal, don’t you think?
When you’re ready to sell your home and are about to get ready for a home inspection, call us first! We have ideas on how to get top dollar for your home and help with this next phase of your life. We can recommend our favorite inspectors and give you our experienced tips on how to make the selling process easier.