First and foremost, don't panic! If there is an issue within the home, the inspector will most likely find it. The buyers will either ask you to fix it or they wont. You will know once the inspection is complete. There is no need to stress before, during, or even after! That being said, there are ways you can prepare for the inspection. Doing some light prep for the inspection and keeping an open mind are a great way to approach the process. Check out what we recommend below.
1. Clean Home
Having a clean home wont affect the inspection itself, but it's a way to start off on the right foot and set yourself up for success. Put the inspector in a good mood by making their job a little bit easier and sending the message that you take care of your home.
2. De-Clutter Access Points
To make the inspector's job easier, clear entrance to crawl spaces, the attic, and basement. Clean up utility rooms and beneath sinks. Make sure the home inspector can access all major electrical and HVAC systems.
3. Take Care of the Basics
Ensure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working, replace burnt out light bulbs, fix any damaged window screens, and get a fire extinguisher. Make sure all pilot lights are lit and, if you haven't in a while, replace your furnace filter. It is also wise to trim any trees or bushes hanging over the house and clean gutters.
4. Do a Walk Through
Do a little walk through before the inspection. Check to make sure all doors open, close and lock properly. Tighten any loose locks or doorknobs. Tighten hinges on cabinets to ensure they hang straight and open easily. Check around sinks and toilets to ensure there are no leaks present. If you find leaks or standing water, you will definitely want it fixed prior to the home inspection. While you're at it, make sure all toilets flush properly. If you have a toilet that runs, consider getting it fixed, as it will likely catch the inspector's eye. Replace any worn or damaged weatherstripping. Check that all windows open, close, and lock easily. We don't recommend doing any huge projects here, and this definitely isn't something to stress over
5. Check Fuse Box
Ensure your fuse box is free of cobwebs and properly labeled. Leaving room for confusion will, if nothing else, waste time and prolong the inspection process.
6. Be Courteous
As a courtesy, leave the home and plan to be gone at least three hours. This can be an emotional time for some, and it is best to give the buyers the privacy they need to discuss anything that comes up. In addition, remove pets, leave behind a garage door opener as well as keys to any outer buildings or storage spaces. Empty the washer, dryer, and dishwasher as the inspector will likely run these.
The home inspection can be nerve-wracking for both parties. No matter how much preparing you do, it is quite likely that something the inspector finds will worry the buyers. Don't stress and try not to over think it. It's all part of the home-selling process. If you have questions about any aspects of the selling process, don't hesitate to give us a call. We are always happy to hear from you!