As if selling a home wasn’t stressful enough, the process of a home inspection can leave you with your fingers crossed that no unexpected problems surface. In the case that they do, the offer may drop in price or, in a worst-case scenario, fall through. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed as your home inspection approaches, keep reading. In today’s blog we are going to cover a few of the ways that you can start to prepare for your home inspection.
Open Up Access
The entire purpose of the home inspection is for an inspector to provide insight on the condition of the home. In order for them to do that, they need to be able to access all areas of the house. That being said, one of the first things that you’re going to want to do is ensure that they have access to all areas. If there are any spaces that they are unable to get to, this could create red flags for both the inspector and the buyer. To avoid that, spend some time making sure that every inch of your home is accessible to the inspector.
Walk the Perimeter
Though the inspection does primarily take place on the interior of your home, the exterior of your home is also going to be a part of the inspection. For that reason, you should set aside a weekend — at least — to walk the perimeter of your home and clean and fix up anything that needs it. This could include weeding, mowing the lawn, rinsing off the siding, scrubbing the deck, cleaning out window wells, and the like. These aren’t enjoyable tasks to complete, but they can affect the first impression of your home and the results of the inspection.
Manage the Mess
Having a house on the market is one of the best ways to learn how to maintain the mess within your home consistently. If your house has been on the market for a while, then you’ve likely already mastered the art of keeping the place relatively clean. Before your inspection, it’s always good to spend some time cleaning the house. Again, a deep cleaning might not sound like a great way to spend your time, but it can affect how well your home inspection goes. Taking a weekend to minimize clutter, dust appliances, scrub the molding, and mop the floors will show off the selling points of your home.
Last Minute Repairs
Being a homeowner means that there is often a never-ending list of projects to get done. At times, those projects are small repairs that might not need to be done immediately but are still significant enough to make the list. If you have a list of repairs that you can tackle relatively quickly, do your best to get them done before the inspection. This could include any small leaks, burnt out light bulbs, or recaulking. These little projects can make all the difference come inspection day.
Reach Out to E-Homes Realty
The team at e-Homes Realty wants to ensure that the process of selling your home is an enjoyable one. Reach out to our team if you’re interested in learning more about how you can ensure that your home inspection goes without a hitch. We are here to provide you with any guidance and assistance you may need. Contact us today and let our team contribute to the journey of selling your home.