It’s always a really good idea to have your own home inspection done before putting your house on the market. You’ll uncover any repairs that need to be made so you can take care of them before putting up the yard sign. But of course, prospective buyers will also do their own home inspection, so when it’s that time…what should you do to prepare?
This is your home’s final viewing
As a seller, you should not be present at the home inspection. The buyer is paying for it and should be able to walk and talk freely with the inspector.
Your home should look as it would for a showing. No dirty dishes in the sink or garbage that needs emptying. Rooms should be painted, bathrooms clean, surfaces clear, clutter removed. Crate your pets or better yet, have them out of the home. Here are a few other tips:
- Make everything accessible. Have doors to rooms and sheds unlocked and garage door remotes available.
- Replace any burned out light bulbs (interior and exterior) so a fixture isn’t marked as inoperable.
- Clean all appliances. Nothing should be on top of your stove so the burners can be tested. Don’t leave laundry in the washer or dryer and clean the dryer vent. An inspector will want to check that each appliance is working.
- Repair any plumbing leaks, dripping faucets or running toilets.
- Have fireplace maintained with flues clean (no bird’s nests).
- Put a new air filter in the furnace. If possible, have copies of heating, ventilation and air conditioning inspection and repair receipts to show all have been regularly maintained.
Inspectors will check the exterior including the roof, brick walls, driveway patio, decks, etc.
- Make sure your gutters are clean
- Trim back tree branches and shrubs so they aren’t touching the house or roof
- Drains and downspouts should drain away from the home
- Make sure handrails are secure
Finally, have any major repairs made by a professional so there are no issues upon re-inspection.