Spotlight On Advertiser: Preparing a Home for a Home Inspection

Catherine Schaeffer

Sellers in real estate transactions want top dollar and to sell the property quickly. On the other hand, buyers wish to own a beautiful property at a fair price and in good condition.

Home inspections are generally part of home purchases, and it helps to have information on how to prepare for a home inspection.

It can be best if you prepared your home properly so the inspector can see that it is well-maintained. First impressions matter, and investing some time and money upfront can make a big difference.

Clean and Declutter!

This is first and foremost! The more decluttered, the more the inspector can see and access during their inspection. Here are some top items to clean that can give sparkling results:

* Empty storage from attic.

* Clean/replace HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) filters.

* Clean stove and oven.

* Organize any closets that are access points to your attic or crawl space.

* Clear space around the perimeter of your home’s exterior.

Light Maintenance

* Replace light bulbs that are not working.

* Re-caulk around bathtubs, toilets, and sinks.

* Repair any interior or exterior leaks.

* Repair any water damage in bathrooms or kitchen.

* Remove any drain clogs.

* Update any dingy grout.

* Replace torn screens and cracked windows.

* Repair/replace any missing roof material.

* Replace damaged insulation in attic and crawl space.

* Crawl/attic space cover should be accessible.

* Remove debris off the roof (or pressure wash if needed).

* Trim trees that are near or hanging over the roofline or touch the house.

* Clean out gutters.

* Clear debris, such as leaves and dried vegetation, from around the exterior A/C compressor.

* Slope soil away from the home for water runoff.

What to Do Day of Inspection

Plan to leave your home 30 minutes to one hour early. Plan on being gone for a minimum of four hours. A typical home inspection takes three hours, and after the inspection, the inspector usually meets with the buyers and their agent for about 30 to 45 minutes.

Take pets with you or have them kenneled in the home.

If you plan to be present during the inspection, please allow the inspector the freedom to roam your home, and plan to be in an area where they are not.

* Leave keys for gates, outbuildings, and electrical boxes.

* Be sure the water heater is turned on.

* Make sure all utilities are on.

* Remove dishes from the sink and dishwasher.

* Leave paperwork for any maintenance, repairs, or insurance claims.

In closing, if you have any questions about preparing for a home inspection, need resources to assist in preparation, or wish to discuss listing your home for sale, please feel free to contact Catherine Schaeffer at DanSco Real Estate Group at 480-650-3444.