How to Prepare for a Home Inspection
As you get things in order to sell your home, you may be nervous about the home inspection. It’s intimidating to have someone walk through your entire home and “grade” it. But with the right preparation, you can feel confident your home will pass with flying colors. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you prepare for a home inspection.
Provide clean and easy access
Your inspector shouldn’t have to move things in order to reach attic space, electrical boxes, water valves, etc. They also shouldn’t have to clear cob webs or take an allergy pill just to make it through the inspection! Dust, vacuum, and pull aside heavy furniture ahead of time.
Do the same thing outside as well. Mow your lawn and clear overgrown bushes and trees, especially those surrounding the foundation of your home. You want the inspector and potential buyers to be able to picture themselves moving in without having to do anything. Put toys and trash cans away in the garage. Make your yard clutter-free and provide easy-access to all the areas an inspector would need to reach.
Present your home in the best light
Replace light bulbs that are out, install new air filters, make sure all monitors (smoke and carbon monoxide) are working, and exterminate for bugs. Fix anything that is broken such as screen doors, broken or cracked windows, clogged sinks, and malfunctioning toilets. The inspector will check every single nook, cranny, and function of the house. They will check that the house is safe and in full working order. If you anticipate that they will be testing every faucet, every toilet, every shower head, every unit, you won’t have to dread a bad report. You’ll be able to proudly show off your home knowing that everything is safe, clean, and in working order.