“Home Inspection” is a term that most home buyers and home sellers will become familiar with. Particularly, home sellers will not only have an easier time by preparing for a home inspection but also won’t encounter any surprises and prevent future problems.
In general, it’s good to have close knowledge of your house’s nooks and weak spots. Whether you’re preparing for a seller’s home inspection for the buyer or expecting the buyer’s home inspector to show up, it’s best to be prepared.
Clean the House
Simple but always overlooked. A clean home speaks for it self; it shows you take care of the house and always makes a good impression.
Be on Time
Be on time because the inspector will be. Sometimes they tend to arrive early and begin inspecting the exterior of the home, so leave the drapes or shades down untill you are dressed and prepared. There’s nothing more awkward than a surprised and unprepared seller being spooked by a stranger walking their lawn.
Leave the Utilities Connected
The inspector will need to run the stove, dishwasher, furnace and air condition as a part of the inspection. This is very important if you’re selling a vacant home – the last thing you need is another appointment to complete the inspection or a fee to pay, that’s just more money down the drain.
There has to be access specifically to the garage, attic and basement. Inspectors will need to check every little detail of the house, so give them access and make sure you’ve given them space to navigate themselves around; remove boxes, clear access and move any storage that cannot gain them access.
Many inspections can take up to 3 hours to complete. Get the kids, dogs, cats in the car and go for a long drive. Or go for a movie or coffee, but whatever you choose try to schedule a time for the inspection when you can be out of the house and feel prepared rather than rushed.
Do you have any more questions about home inspections or considering getting one done but don’t know where to start? Give us a call!