Home sellers have an easier time preparation for a home inspection in advance. Here are 10 ways to prepare for a home inspection when selling your house that will helps to prevent future problems, and prevention can stop surprises. So, get ready for a home inspection!
- Clean Up The House
A property manager can tell if you’ve left it to the last minute and given your place an amazing and a wonderful ambiance. What they are looking for is to see that you are maintaining the property in the condition that it was leased to you and doing this is far easier if you clean as you go along. It also means cleaning when your property ends a much easier and potentially cheaper task.
- Don’t Turn Off The Utilities
Many components of the home, including the stove, dishwasher, furnace and air conditioning are part of the inspection. The Home Inspector will need to test all the utilities. If the services aren’t on and the components are not tested, it may be harmful to the closing of the home.
- Provide Workspace around Furnace and Water Heaters
Clear away the boxes, furniture, bookcases and anything else obstructing access to your furnace, air conditioner and water heater. The inspector will need 3 to 4 feet of working space to inspect these items. They always will not move anything themselves. However, if they don’t have access, an inspector might advise a specialist to the buyer. Buyers, may not understand why might then hire a specialist who will undoubtedly find more things wrong. Why? Because a specialist has a lot more knowledge about this than a inspector.
- Provide Access to Attic and Garage
Standards of Practice will requires that the Inspector evaluate the garage and attic. The Home Inspector will not move furniture, boxes or any other obstructions to access these areas during home inspection.
- Get the Bugs Out
Do you see a lot of bees or other bugs hanging around? Or a steady line of ants near your home? Any sort of infestation especially of wood destroying insects such termites will show up on your inspection report. That’s why it is best to take care of it proactively.
- Do a mini garden makeover
Put time aside to make your garden fresh, presentable and inviting. It’s always good to also trim overhanging trees and shrubs. If you have an outdoor entertaining area, make sure the furniture and flooring is clean. The, you might want to freshen the furniture up with some cushions and colorful flower pots to make it look more inviting and fresh. Your garden may include children’s play equipment or other garden features, so make sure they are functioning and mildew free.
- Style your Home
Make sure the furniture in each room suits on that room and the purpose of that room. Then make sure the room looks stylish. Try to stick to a simple color in the house that is fairly neutral with a well thought through couple of accent colors. The ornaments or photos should be arranged and lined up nicely. Make sure beds are perfectly made with matching throws and cushions, any floor rugs are lying flat and perfectly positioned. The books on bookshelves should be neatly lined up by size.
- Maximize the light
Forget your electricity bill when preparing your house for inspection, turn on all the lights and lamps in your house to make more appealing. This makes a warm and inviting ambiance. It also reassures prospective to your buyers that you are not trying to hide any flaws in your house with bad light. You should also remove heavy curtain and pull all blinds up to maximize the light in your house’s room.
- Create an inviting scent
Even if your house doesn’t have a bad smell, it is important to make sure it feel and smell fresh, which includes having more of fresh air and circulated around the home before inspection time. So, in more of your time before your potential home buyers arrive, open as many windows and doors in your home to get fresh air as possible. You may also spray air freshener into your rooms about an hour or so before inspection time. But remember, keep it simple because many people are sensitive to these smells and you don’t want them wondering what odors the smell is hiding.
- Provide Repair Documents
And lastly, make available to the home inspector all documents and invoices regarding new items or remodeling projects such as the roof or furnace. If you have upgraded the electrical from not grounded to grounded, installed a new dishwasher or repaired a faucet with leak, find the paperwork. It will give the buyer peace of mind to know those items were inspected when the home inspection is done.