You have a contract on your listing! After the awesome feeling, some sellers can experience feelings of anxiety when it comes to being ready for their home inspection. Here are some tips from this inspector to help make the process a little easier:
- On inspection day, the home should be empty of the owners - this gives the Buyer time to get acquainted with the property.
- Pets should be removed from the property or crated.
- If the house is vacant, make sure all the utilities are turned on.
- If something is not working properly, don't try to hide it- Inspectors will find it. You may raise questions that will cause concern for the Buyer and impact the sale. Just leave a note indicating you know the item is broken.
- Replace blown lightbulbs in all parts of the home. Test all smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly.
- Please make sure your oven and stovetop are clean so they can be tested without setting off the smoke alarm.
- Clean or replace your HVAC filters.
- Have clear access to the electrical panel, water heater, attic, crawl space, heating system, garage and garage GFCI's, and other areas that will need to be inspected.
- If there is a septic inspection, please make sure you make the lid accessible.