Selling your home can be a lengthy process and an inspection can be one of the scariest parts. Below we have prepared a short list to help homeowners prepare for an easy and stress-free home inspection.
Try to reduce clutter in your home (especially in the areas the inspector is likely to use the most). This helps make their job easier and they will spend less time in your home. Often the buyers will accompany the inspector, which for many sellers can be uncomfortable. This can be avoided by ensuring the inspector always has a clear pathway.
Check Your Roof
When is the last time you checked the roof? The roof is one of the big-ticket items that inspectors will spend a decent amount of time assessing. Prior to your inspection, you will want to clear out all gutters and look for damage. Repairing this damage prior to the inspection will mean less items on the report and gives you greater negotiating power if the buyers request repairs.
The inspector will also be checking for any kind of faulty wiring. While blown bulbs don’t necessarily mean that the wiring in the fixture is bad, it will raise red flags. The inspector will either need to investigate further or mark it as a possible defect. Either can be avoided by picking up a bulb at the store before the day of your inspection.
Ensure Toilets Work
Leaks, clogs, loose seats, and flushing issues are one of the most common items found by inspectors. They are also one of the easiest fixes you can take care of by yourself. Normal wear and tear on your toilet is likely to cause any of these minor issues and can be taken care of by simply shortening chains, tightening bolts or replacing cheap hardware. Make sure you take a look at your toilet before inspection day.
Check For Leaks And Water Damage
Make sure to check for any signs of leaks and water damage. This is another key item the inspector will be focusing on and is better to have it taken care of prior to their arrival. Check around and under faucets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, toilets, dishwashers, and refrigerators.
You can also look along walls (both interior and exterior) for any signs of water damage such as buckling or warping. Anything likely to leak or show signs of water damage will cause you problems on your inspection.
Prepare For The Day
The best thing you can do prior to an inspection is to prepare ahead of time. Ideally prior to listing your home, taking care of these items should be finished. Depending on when you sell your home, fixing these items could be delayed and even more expensive.
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