Today we’re going to talk about how to prepare your home for a home inspection.
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When selling a home, one of the major steps of the process is the home inspection that is typically conducted by the buyer.
A home inspection is a professional service that determines the present condition of the home’s major systems based on a visual inspection of the accessible features of that home. It focuses on the performance of the home, rather than the cosmetic, code, or design issues. Typically, the components that they test include, but aren’t limited to, the roof, structure, exterior, electrical systems, HVAC systems, plumbing, insulation, barriers, and interior mechanical systems, just to name a few.
As a seller, there are many ways to prepare for such an inspection. One option is to hire a home inspector yourself to look at these items for you, or to refer to the list of 20 things to check in your home, below.
Home inspections focus on the performance of the home, rather than its cosmetic, code, or design issues.
For example, clean your gutter; doing so will send a message to buyers that your home has been well maintained. Additionally, clear your air conditioning unit of leaves, bushes, and debris, in general, to allow it to cool properly. You should also make sure to replace any nonfunctioning light bulbs, clean your drains, check for moisture under sinks and other areas near water, and ensure that your safety detectors—both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors—have fresh batteries and work properly.
If you would like any more tips on preparing your home for an inspection, refer to this checklist of 20 items to review before moving forward with your transaction. You can also reach out to me for additional information. I’m happy to schedule a no-obligation visit to your home and discuss all the things you can do to get your home ready for sale.