Selling your home? If so, chances are the buyers will have it inspected first and the inspector will find things to report. With the inspector coming, what can you do to prepare?
There are a number of things sellers can do to reduce the list of items in the inspection report with some preparation efforts by ensuring:
- there is free & clear access in the house, for example, to the attic, basement, electrical panels, furnace, etc.;
- make minor repairs to door / window hardware, plumbing fixtures, trim work, floors, roof, damaged/missing cover plates on electrical boxes & burnt out light bulbs are replaced;
- ensure eavestroughs are secured, cleaned & vegetation around the house is trimmed where possible;
- check to see that kitchen/bathroom fans are operational & vent to the exterior of the home;
- make sure the garage door and opener are functioning;
- ensure the furnace, water heater, fireplace, air conditioner & appliances are functional cleaned & serviced recently;
- ensure utilities & pilot lights are left on;
- have remotes & keys to locked areas area available;
- test to see that ground fault (GFI) and arc fault (AFCI) protection is working where needed;
- owner’s manuals/installation specs, warranties/guarantees & utility bills are available.
Not sure what to do? Have your house pre-inspected. This will give you a chance to prepare properly, correct those items identified by the inspector that you choose to or simply be aware of what the buyers inspector may discover.
For more information see Preparing Your House For Inspection.