Preparing your house for a home inspection is an important part of the home-selling process. A home inspection report can influence a buyer’s decision, so it’s crucial to ensure that your home is in its best condition for inspection. Also, keep in mind it’s all in the details and the overall appearance will affect the inspector’s overall thoughts on the house. Here are some tips on how to prepare your house for a home inspection:
- Clean and declutter your home: A clean and well-organized home gives a good first impression. It also helps the home inspector to easily access different areas of the house. A clean and organized home can also indicate to the inspector that the homeowner has taken good care of the property. In our experience, a “messy” home will usually indicate some preferred maintenance.
- Ensure easy access to different parts of the house: Make sure that the inspector can easily access different parts of the house. This includes the attic, basement, and crawl spaces. Clear away any obstacles, such as storage boxes, that could block the inspector’s path. We often find the electrical panel blocked as well.
- Check your home’s major systems: Before the inspection, check your home’s major systems, such as the HVAC system, plumbing, and electrical systems. Make sure that these systems are in good condition and repair any issues if necessary. A good tip is to make sure the air filter is clean. If you know you’re going to have the inspection, get it serviced and have the contractor place the date of service on the furnace.
- Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors: Make sure that your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order. Replace any batteries that need replacing. If they are yellow or starting to turn color, get new ones.
- Make sure all light fixtures work: Ensure that all light fixtures in your home work. If any light fixtures are not working, replace the bulbs or have them repaired.
- Repair any minor issues: Fix any minor issues, such as leaky faucets or loose doorknobs. These minor issues may seem insignificant, but they can indicate to the inspector that the home has not been well-maintained.
- Provide documentation: Gather all necessary documentation, such as warranties, for your home’s major systems. This documentation can provide the inspector with important information about your home.
Preparing your house for a home inspection can help the inspection process go more smoothly. It can also help you identify any issues that need to be addressed before putting your home on the market. By following these tips, you can ensure that your home is in its best condition for inspection.
You can always call us for a walk-through inspection before you sell.