Selling your home can be a stressful time. Usually, a buyer will give you an offer subject to inspection at which point a qualified home inspector will look for defects in the property. By law, homeowners are expected to disclose anything about the property that could be seen as a deficiency, to the best of their knowledge. A home inspector worth their salt would uncover any issues as well. A home inspection can make or break a deal if something is uncovered that you were unaware of.
Put your best foot forward.
Prepping your home for an inspection is an important step to making sure that sale goes through. Here are the Top 10 Tips to prep your home for an inspection:
- Is there minor repair work that needs to be done? Hire a professional to deal with outstanding issues that are beyond your technical know-how before the inspection.
- Test electrical outlets to see if they all work...no, don’t stick a fork in….just plug in a lamp. If they need replacing, see tip 1.
- Test all of your drains to make sure they...drain. Get them fixed if they don’t...you might need tip 1 again.
- Replaced burned out light bulbs. You probably don’t need to hire a professional for that...or maybe you do? Not judging.
- Replace furnace filters...better yet, get your furnace serviced and hot water tank inspected with the dates of inspections updated so the inspector and buyers can see.
- Test smoke alarms and CO2 detectors to ensure they are functioning.
- Got pets? Consider keeping them with a friend while the inspection is happening.
- Remove furniture or items that might be impeding to access panels such electrical boxes and water shut-off valves.
- Check for creepy crawlies. Any infestation of bugs will show up in a report. Hire an exterminator...yep tip 1, you get the idea.
- Lastly, clean your house. First impressions go a long way and if the buyers get a sense that your home has been looked after (and we’re not saying it hasn’t been) they will feel better about their purchase decision. While you’re at it, trim any trees or bushes that are starting to look ungainly and keep the lawn mowed.