Receiving the contract for your home that you have been waiting to sell can be a very exciting and stressful moment. There are many things that factor into a smooth and proper close, one of the most stressful being the home inspection. But never fear, we have a quick and easy checklist that will help you breeze right through that home inspection.
A thorough home inspection can take any where from 1.5 to 4 hours to complete, all depending on the size of your home. You want to be able to provide full access of the property to the inspectors, making their job as easy as possible. Remember, a happy inspector is always a bonus! Once you’re advised of the date and time of the inspection, you want to plan out and make sure that the following steps are completed before the buyers and inspector arrive:
Twelve Tips to a Successful Home Inspection
- Clean – First and foremost, clean your house incredibly well. Remove clutter throughout the home and make access to any and all exits clean and free from debris.
- Windows – Make sure to keep all windows clear and free, so they can be easily accessed and opened. Also be sure that all windows are cleaned prior to the inspection.
- Light Fixtures – All lighting fixtures will be tested during the inspection, ensure that each fixture has a proper working light bulb.
- Locks – All locks for doors, attics, crawl spaces and any storages should be unlocked.
- Greenery – The home and any additional structures should be cleared of any greenery by at least 6 to 8 inches.
- Electrical Panels – Make sure to keep the electrical panels clear of any storage units or shelves for easy access.
- Garage – The garage should be clear and free for the inspector to complete a visual inspection.
- Electrical – Ensure that all electrical wires are properly spliced and that any loose outlets are tightened or replaced. Also make sure that there are no visible wires.
- Wood – Any wood in the home should be free from damage. Keep an eye out for rotted wood, termite tubes, and holey joists.
- Roofing – Make sure that the roof is cleared from any additional debris, including your gutters. Also be sure that any shingles you may have, have been properly installed.
- Smoke Alarms – Be sure that your smoke alarm is properly installed and in working order. Though a carbon monoxide monitor is not required, it is highly suggested to have.
- Plumbing – Plumbing throughout the house should be in good working order. Make sure to repair any leaks or back-ups prior to the inspection.
Most inspectors will prefer to do the home inspection without the homeowners present, as well as any children or pets. If you do decide to be at the inspection, be sure you do not follow the inspector or the buyers around during this time. After the inspection is complete you will be notified when the home inspection report is ready. This report will advise you of any repairs that the buyer is requesting.
This is when you’ll discover just how important it is to have a great real estate team working for you!
The home inspection process is one of the many final steps in selling your home. Hopefully by going through this list, it will help you better prepare for the inspection and get through it with as few requests from the buyers. Remember, once the home inspection is complete and all repairs have been made, you are one step closer to selling your home, and one step closer to moving on to your next adventure.
Keeping it real,
The Cloninger Properties Team