How Sellers Can Prepare for a Home Inspection
Selling your home is contingent on a successful home inspection. If you want to sell your home fast, being prepared for the home inspection is one of the smartest things you can do to expedite the process. If a home inspection goes poorly, a potential sale can fall through, and future sales can be delayed while you remedy the problems uncovered. Preparing for a home inspection allows you to feel confident that you will be able to sell your home fast and without any unforeseen issues.
Sell Your Home Fast by Being Prepared
There are a few things you can easily do to prepare for inspection. First, be prepared for your inspector to show up early and be ready for them. Generally speaking, you should expect your inspection to take up to three hours. Keep your pets with you and out of the way. The inspector will often start with the exterior, so make sure you have checked the exterior for any issues. Make sure your home is clean. A dirty or unkempt home can give the impression that the home has not been well maintained. Burned out bulbs may cause the inspector to list the lights as “inoperable”. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should have fresh batteries and work.
Make Sure Everything is On
If you are still living in your home, keeping the utilities on won’t be an issue, but if you haven’t been living in your home, it’s important to make sure that all the utilities and appliances are turned on before the inspection. The home inspector will test the furnace, dishwasher, stove, and air conditioning among other appliances. If your services are turned off, the inspector may list these items as inoperable.
Make Sure the Inspector Has Access
The home inspector will need to have access to all parts of your home. If you don’t plan on being home during the inspection, leave keys and garage remotes available, make sure the attic and garage are clear, and make sure the furnace and water heater are easy to access. The home inspector will not move furniture, boxes, or other obstructions, and if they can’t get to certain areas, they will need to note that. In addition to making easier access, clearing clutter can help your home look better. If you have recently had any repairs or replacements, leave the maintenance and repair documents. Empty the oven, washer, dryer, and make sure pipes are clear under sinks. For the exterior of your home, make sure that overgrown vegetation is cleared around the foundation and window wells.
Take Care of Minor Repairs
If your home needs minor repairs, take care of them before the inspection. Leaky faucets, squeaky hinges, loose railings, and things that are easy to handle should be handled prior to the inspection. Your home will present much more favorably if you have taken care of the little details. Even though inspectors are trained to not let their report be affected by cosmetic issues, they are human and can be influenced by a home that isn’t taken care of.
Be Prepared by Having Your Own Inspection
If your home is older, or if there are improvements you have been putting off, and you worry that your home may not pass an inspection, you may want to schedule your own inspection prior to listing your home. You will know exactly what you need to do and which problems take priority, and in some cases, you may be able to offer certain credits, such as offering the buyer a credit toward a roof or furnace replacement. Knowing the issues in advance will help you be prepared so that any potential buyers know what they are getting into.
A home inspection doesn’t need to be a stressful situation. Your real estate agent should assist you in preparing for your home inspection even before your home is listed. A home that is prepared for inspection is also a home that is in good condition to show to potential buyers. If you want to sell your home fast, knowing that you’ve done everything possible to set yourself up for a successful sale is the best way to do it. We can help. If you’re selling your home, contact Amberwood Real Estate. We are industry experts and have the local knowledge and regional experience to set your home above the rest. Let’s talk today!