Selling Your House? Here’s How to Prepare for a Home Inspection
Sellers often dread home inspections, because the buyer’s inspector usually comes up with a long list of unexpected issues that need to be resolved before the transaction goes through. More often, this day makes or breaks the deal. So how should you prepare your home so it would pass the inspector’s meticulous eyes?
Get rid of clutter. Since you are selling your home anyway, start with disposing of unnecessary stuff. Clear the areas where there is access to your electrical systems, water heater, air conditioner, furnace, and pipes under the sink.
Check the doors, windows, and cabinetry. Take a good look at the hinges, bolts, knobs, and other fixtures. Check for creaking sounds and see if there’s anything that cannot be opened easily.
Unclog drains. Buy clog removers or call a plumber to check and fix any blockages. Plumbing issues are one of the most common problems in an inspector’s checklist.
Replace worn-out bulbs. Ensure that all your lighting fixtures are working.
Test your alarms. Whether it’s a security system, smoke alarm, or carbon monoxide alarm, you should know that each piece is working properly.
Clean the house. Seriously, the inspector won’t judge you by the grime on your sink or oil splatters at the stove. But cleaning your house and clearing the space will help you uncover and discover potential issues that can be fixed beforehand, like pests, molds, and unsightly spatial cracks here and there.
Replace air filters. Maximize the efficiency of your HVAC systems by placing new filters.
Clear the gutters. Get rid of the fallen leaves, branches, and sometimes dead rodents which may cause water build-up in your roofing system.
Take your pets. Bring your pets to a friend or relative’s house for the day, so that they will not run around and disturb the home inspector.
Prepare copies of maintenance work. Gather all proof of repairs and renovations done in your home, including insurance claims and compliance certificates if there are any.
Unlock everything. On the day of the inspection, provide access to your gates, garage, storage room, attic, basement, utility room, shed, doors, windows, and even the kitchen drawers.
Home inspectors have a long list of items to be checked for defects. Though your home is regularly maintained, there will always be an issue that will need to be resolved. No house is perfect, but do not worry too much because everything can be fixed.
Usually, inspectors check exteriors for broken screens and windows, cracked caulk, peeling paint, loose trims and sidings, loose fence panels, land slope, garage door, roofing issues and gutter problems.
For the home interiors, inspectors look for structural defects by inspecting the walls, interior drywall and exterior foundation for cracks, the basement for signs of water leakage, and the attic for possible infestations. Loose and uneven flooring is also inspected.
Special attention is given to your water heater, furnace and cooling systems, evaluating if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
The kitchen and bathrooms are checked for cracked tiles, grout and caulking, aside from plumbing issues. Fixtures around the house are also checked, such as the light bulbs, cabinets, and drawers.
The appliances such as the refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, and oven will be turned on to ensure its working condition.
As for the electrical system, it helps to be prepared prior to the inspection day. A handy outlet tester will let you determine power outlet for ground fault interrupter. You may also call a licensed electrician to check your circuit breaker and wiring connections for hidden electrical issues.
It is important for you to present your house in its best condition to get the best possible offers. A trusted real estate agent can also help you prepare your home for selling. If you ever need an agent in Bryan County OK, feel free to call or email me today.
Brian A. Allen is a Realtor and is full of energy, excitement and zeal for every sale. He spent most of his career in marketing and now applies that skill set to the homes his clients want to sell. Click here to learn more about Brian A. Allen