Are you nervous about your upcoming home inspection checklist?
Don’t worry, it’s completely natural to be a little nervous. Most buying offers are contingent upon the results of the home inspections.
In most cases, if buyers don’t like the results of the inspection, they can back out of the sale without losing anything or reopen the contract for negotiations.
Therefore, it’s very important to prepare yourself for this very important stage of the selling process.
But how do you prepare? Take a look at this home inspection checklist that will help you avoid any surprises:
Clean Your Home
It sounds so simple, yet many homeowners overlook this important step.
A clean home gives the inspectors a good first impression. It tells them that you care about your home and that you know how to maintain it.
Also, you don’t want an inspector tripping over your kids’ toys. It’s just plain tacky and rude to show anyone a messy home, but especially someone who is trying to get a job done.
But don’t be fooled- sparkling countertops and dust-free surfaces won’t give you a pass if the inspector actually uncovers something troublesome.
Prepare the Right Documents
You’ll want to prepare a file that contains documentation of all the repairs and maintenance you’ve done on your home.
Insurance claims should also be included in this file so the inspector knows you took care of the problem. Also, make sure any new items you’ve added, such as a fireplace or a patio, are also on file.
These documents will prove that you’ve taken the necessary steps to keep your home up-to-date. They also give potential buyers peace of mind knowing that these areas have been reinspected.
Provide Easy Access to Everything
To conduct a proper inspection, the inspector is going to need an appropriate amount of working space- about 3 to 4 feet.
Therefore, you need to take the time to remove any furniture, boxes, or bookcases blocking your AC, water heater, and furnace.
You should also sweep away any brush from the foundation of your home, as this is an important area for inspection.
The inspector will also need access to the garage and the attic. These are often areas of the home we neglect, so make sure they’re presentable for when the inspector arrives. Vacuum up any spider webs, remove boxes, and make sure there’s sufficient lighting.
Lastly, make sure you provide the inspector with the necessary access keys. Do they need a remote for the garage door? A key for the sprinkler system? A key for an electrical box?
Make sure all of these are marked and in a handy location.
Be Prepared to Leave
It’s not uncommon for a buyer to accompany a home inspector.
Unfortunately, your presence can make the buyer feel uncomfortable about asking questions. To avoid an awkward situation, be prepared to leave the house for at least three hours.
Make sure any valuables are locked away or placed in a secure spot so they don’t get damaged.
Know That Everything Is Inspected
A home inspectors’ checklist is over 1,600 items long. So don’t get antsy if it seems like they’re being overly thorough- they’re just doing their job.
Home Inspection Checklist: Wrap Up
We hope this home inspection checklist helps you feel more prepared!
But remember, making your home appealing to the inspector is only half the battle! You also need to make sure it’s appealing to potential buyers.
Click here to learn how to market your home to potential buyers.