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5 Ways to Prepare for a Sellers Home Inspection

5 Ways to Prepare for a Sellers Home Inspection

When it comes time to prepare for a home inspection with a professional home inspector, there are things that you can do as a seller to make things go more smoothly. Work with your trusted real estate agent on anything that might be an issue, but otherwise, just follow these simple steps to make it easier for the inspector to complete your Sellers Home Inspection.

Step One: Clear a Path

All areas that require inspection should be easy to get to. Homes Inspectors are not required to move boxes, furniture, or other personal items out of the way so if access to these areas is blocked, they will have to come back another day when access is available which will cost more. Make sure to include access to attics, crawlspaces, and utility areas inside and outside of your home.

Step Two: Make a Map

If you have a septic system or another system that is in an unusual spot, make a map for the home inspection that will make it easier for the Home Inspector to find everything that needs to be checked. If you take the time to do this, it will simplify things for the inspector, prospective buyers, and real estate agents throughout the selling process.

Step Three: Be Honest

If something is not working properly, such as a dishwasher or vent fan, leave a note about it for the inspector. If you have plans on fixing it, leave details about how you will go about it so the Home Inspector can note it on the report.

Step Four: Be Clean

Take time to clear out your appliances, including dishwashers, sinks, stoves, ovens, and microwaves. This step will allow the Home Inspector to test these items that same day.

Step Five: Check Lights

The inspector will need to be in all areas of your home, including dark attics and utility spaces. Check all lightbulbs and replace anything that has burned out to make it easier for everything to be seen quickly during the home inspection.

Follow the Steps

In most situations, you will likely have advance notice of the Sellers Home Inspection, so take that time to go through your home and follow these steps to prepare properly for it. While these might seem like small things, the Home Inspector will appreciate your efforts and it will save time and money. By the time you get to this phase of the selling process, you don't want any obstacles in your home to cause unnecessary delays.

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