Making a first impression is important when the buyer and inspector arrive at your property. Up your home’s curb appeal by doing a little maintenance.
Trim away any vegetation that is close to the home to create about one foot of distance between it and the house.
Look at your home’s siding and trim and check for damage. If you notice anything that looks damaged, it is a good idea to have it repaired before the inspection.
Replace missing caulking and trim
Fix exposed or protruding nails
Check exterior doors, locks and deadbolts to make sure that they open and close completely & with ease
2. Check the Roof & Gutters
Roofs and gutters are a huge priority for buyers, so make sure that they are in good condition and are working properly.
Clean any debris off the roof with a leaf blower or pressure washer
Repair damage and replace missing elements! If you cannot do this yourself, hire someone to fix it for you.
Temporary fixes like caulking will be a red flag to the inspector, so it is better to fix it correctly.
Clean out gutters & remove debris so the inspector can see that they are working
Check to make sure everything is draining properly, and if there is water pooling near your home, fix this issue
3. Get the Interior of the Home Ready
Do a quick check and cleaning of the inside and make repairs or replacements that you have been putting off to get it ready for inspection.
Test all interior doors and locks
Check for leaks under the sinks
Test the hot water heater
Change HVAC filter
Inspect all caulking, trim and seals & redo as needed
Test smoke detectors & carbon monoxide detectors
Make sure the fixtures, lights and fans work & don’t have lightbulbs that are out – if they do replace them with working bulbs
Check drywall for cracks and exposed nails
4. Clean the House
Make sure that the inspector will have access to all of the entry points – such as the garage, sheds, and storage areas.
Move stuff away from major systems in your home like furnaces, HVAC units, utility closets, etc so that the inspector will not have to do it themselves.
Clean up the house like you would if you are having guests over, a clean home will show the inspector that you take good care of your home, and will allow the buyer to look at the home without being distracted by your mess.
5. Be On Time
Inspectors are timely people and they will be there at the exact time of the appointment, so make sure you are ready to greet them at least 10 minutes before the appointment is scheduled to take place.
You don’t want to delay the inspection because you weren’t prepared for them on time, the inspection will last 2-3 hours or more, and this will just mean that they will have to be there longer.
6. Provide Access to All Areas
You will want to make sure that you leave keys or codes to everything in and around your home, if the inspector cannot get into an area, they cannot inspect it.
This means that they will either have to come back another time or mark it as ‘not able to inspect’ which can be a red flag.
If you have systems that have electrical panel boxes or utility boxes – like the sprinkler system – leave keys and instructions for unlocking them.
7. Supply All Relevant Documents that You Can
Leave any and all paperwork from remodeling projects out for the inspectors to look over.
Documentation about major repairs and upgrades such as a new furnace, HVAC system, roof, plumbing, etc are great for the inspector to see so that they can verify this information and show the buyer that the house has had updates/maintenance.
This documentation will aid the inspector when they create their report, and help give the buyer more peace of mind, as they will have a more clear idea of when each major component of the home was last inspected, repaired, or replaced.
8. Leave the House During the Inspection
The buyer will be walking through your home with the inspector, and you should not be there during it.
This is because the buyer will want to ask questions, and the inspector will be pointing out any defects that they may find. Both the buyer and the inspector will feel awkward talking about negative aspects of the home if you are there for fear of hurting your feelings and influencing the negotiation process.
It is best to leave so that they can go through your home without worrying about affecting the process.
Follow These Tips and Your Home Inspection Will Go Smoothly!
By following these tips, your buyer’s home inspection process will go as smoothly as it can!
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