Owners who are looking to sell their homes are always asking one question, “What will the home inspector look for and how can I be prepared?” Knowing what to expect during the home inspection can make the entire process easier to help ensure an accurate, stress-free inspection.
Here are some factors on how sellers can prepare for a buyer’s home inspection.
Before you get started on selling your home, go through a thorough cleaning and grooming of the exterior of the home.
- Clean out any debris from the roof and dirty gutters.
- Ensure that all water from the basement, downspouts and condensation are drained.
- Repair any signs of damage
- Groom the trees, brushes, roots for maintenance
- Get rid of soil or mulch and clear the siding.
Once the exterior has been duly inspected and well-managed, then it is time to move on to the interior of the home.
- Check the heating and cooling filters yourself and replace or clean if needed.
- Test the smoke detectors to ensure that each is properly working.
- Have the fireplace or chimney services and provide the potential buyer and inspector a copy of the cleaning record.
- Replace the light bulbs.
- Clean Out the Attic, garage, heating system, crawl space and all other areas necessary
- Inspect all utilities of the home, including the water, furnace, electricity, heater and air conditioner.
- Clear all furniture, toys, and any other personal items that may block access to the rooms and crawl spaces.
Kitchens & Bathrooms
These areas are the most inspected regions of the home. Ensure that the next meet to the inspector’s requirements.
- Ensure that all plumbing fixtures – such as the tub, toilet, sinks, and shower are all in great conditioner
- Fix any leaks
- Inspect the bath ventilators to ensure that they are vented properly and in excellent condition
- Remove all unnecessary items under the sink for proper and quick inspection.
Attics & Basement
These spaces are prone to mold and mildew growth, which will be inspected.
- Check and update proper vapor barriers
- Install window wells if they are below the grade
- Remove any gas, wood, solvents or paint materials
The following guide will help you prepare for your home inspection and keep you well-informed on what to expect. Ensure that the following are well-inspected for positive results.