Going through the preparation work to sell your home can quickly become overwhelming. One way to ensure that your home is truly ready for the market is to have a full home inspection completed. This is the same inspection that potential buyers will have completed to meet the needs of mortgage lenders and give themselves peace of mind in knowing that every element of the house is in good condition. Below, you will find a few tips that can help you get your home prepared for a pre-sale inspection.
Not really much fun, but totally necessary for both selling your home and getting ready for a home inspection. Failure to maintain a clean home can make it appear as if you were a neglectful homeowner and decrease the value of the home. Think about it – if you don't keep your living room clean, why would someone think that you bother to clean the gutters?
Cleaning the home and eliminating much of the clutter will also make the inspector's job easier. If he or she doesn't have to move things around to see the plumbing, electrical and foundation elements of the house, it will make for a much more pleasant experience for everyone, expedite the process and look much better for you.
Make Your Home Accessible
If you have a busy schedule, you may need to make your home accessible for the inspector to get in when you are at work or busy taking care of things. You can get a key-lock-box from your real estate agent to use so that you can provide the inspector with the code to access the house whenever he or she needs to.
Don't forget to make the keys to utility boxes available if you have them. Any keys that are left for the inspector should be labeled and easy for him or her to find quickly.
Don't Disconnect the Utilities
If you won't be living in your home during the sale, make sure to leave the utilities on. During a home inspection, the heating and cooling units will be tested, the water system checked and the electrical system inspected. If you disconnect the utilities, these tests will not be able to be completed without paying a reconnect fee to have the utilities restored.
Talk with a local home inspector, like one from Watson Inspections, to learn more about the services that are offered and what is expected of you as the homeowner. He or she will be able to answer any questions you have and help you through the process.