A home inspection is a step that many potential buyers use as the deciding factor on whether or not they will make an offer on a home.
Here are some tips to make the buyer’s inspection on your home go smoothly!
1. Think About Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is an important part of making a great first impression. Chances are that the buyer has already seen the home with their realtor and done a tour of your home, for which you already tidied up the home.
However, they probably weren’t paying as close of attention and while they remember what the home looked like, it isn’t fresh in their memory. This is the perfect time to amp up the curb appeal of your home and get it looking the best it can.
In addition, the home inspector has never seen your home, and they will be looking closely at it, so you’ll want to make sure that you impress them from the get-go with how clean and maintained your home looks.
2. Check Your Roof & Gutters
You’ll want to clean out the gutters and clear the roof of the debris, because the inspector will need to access these parts of your home.
Clearing out the gutters will allow them to easily see if they are in good condition and working properly.
Make sure water run-off isn’t pooling next to the house
Clean the roof of any debris with a leaf blower or pressure washer
Clean the gutters thoroughly
Note – If you decide to make repairs, make sure to fully fix them or don’t fix them at all.
Temporary fixes patching or caulk will be noted by the inspector as a defect, & it is a sign that you don’t put effort into maintenance.
It is better to just leave defects and then they can be fully repaired by the buyer – but remember that this will likely be used as collateral in final negotiations & usually results in a lower offer.
3. Get Your Interior Ready
Make sure that the inside of your home is just as ready as the outside! This is important for the inspector and buyer as well.
A clean and tidy interior will help the buyer picture themselves living there, instead of being distracted by the mess.
Test all of the interior doors and locks
Check for leaks under sinks
Check the hot water heater for proper operation
Change the filter on an HVAC system
Inspect all caulking, trim and seals
Check smoke detectors for proper operation
Test all fixtures, lights and fans
Inspect all drywall for cracks and nail pops
Clear away clutter that is blocking major systems like the furnace
4. Provide Access to All Areas
Home inspectors will normally inspect all structures on your property, like garages and other such storage areas like sheds or other disconnected units, so you’ll have to give them keys, garage entryway openers, or entryway codes for these units.
What’s more, if you have a sprinkler box or different frameworks that have electrical board boxes or other utility boxes, leave keys and directions for accessing them.
5. Supply Important Documents
It’s a good idea to leave paperwork from remodeling projects out for inspectors, plus documentation about repairs and upgrades that you have made like a new furnace, HVAC system, roof, plumbing, etc.
This will help the inspector when they are making the report for the buyer after the inspection, and will help give the buyer more peace of mind because they have record of what has and hasn’t been done.
6. Leave the House
The buyer and the inspector will both be there during the inspection, and out of respect for them it is best if you are not present during.
That way they can discuss any defects they may find in confidence without worrying about upsetting you.
If You Follow These Tips, Your Inspection Should Go Smoothly!
If you follow these tips, your inspection should go well! As long as you take care of your home and do regular maintenance, the inspection shouldn’t be something to stress about, after all it is mostly to give the buyer peace of mind.