How to Prepare for Home Inspection
How to Prepare for a Home Inspection
Are you getting ready for a home inspection, don’t know where to start? If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, we have compiled a list of ways to prepare your home for inspection, and what you should be looking for.
Seller’s Preparation Plan
If you are getting ready to sell a home, just know that most of the inspection preparation rests on the seller. Things you may consider minor can present major problems for you during the inspection, and could ultimately cost you the deal.
Prepare for the Inspector
A home inspection can take as long as four hours in some cases. You should have your home ready for inspection at least half an hour before your scheduled appointment. When your inspector arrives, be sure to leave any keys to utility boxes and locked doors available. If an inspector cannot gain access to a part of your home, then they will deem the inspection incomplete. This could cause a delay in selling your home. This is also true for any crawl spaces, attics, garages and sheds.
Utilities Must be Running
In addition to making sure the inspector has access to all areas of your home, be sure that any necessary utilities are connected. This is so that the inspector can test your HVAC systems, plumbing, appliances, electrical systems and more. Also, be sure that any pilot lights are lit prior to the inspection. Inspectors are not allowed to light them. You can expect that an inspector will run your dishwasher and washing machine in order to ensure that plumbing, venting and electrical are adequate. If an inspector cannot complete any of these tasks, they will consider the inspection incomplete.
Outside the Home is Included in the Inspection
The inside of your house is not the only area that will be inspected. The foundation, outside power outlets and faucets will all be reviewed as well. Make sure the outside of your home has an accessible path. This will not only make the inspector’s job easier, but will improve the curb appeal of the home for sale.
Repair or Negotiate
With a looming inspection, you may have to make repairs to your home to ensure everything is working properly. Make sure you keep the receipts and invoices from the work you had completed. This will show proof of you maintaining your home and answer some of the inspector’s questions. Another possibility is leaving the repair to the buyer, but be ready to adjust your price accordingly.
Don’t Stay for the Inspection
Plan to leave during the inspection. Sometimes buyers will accompany an inspector and both of them will want unobstructed access to the home. If you have pets, be sure to take precautions before the inspection. Consider boarding them for the day or at least secure them in crates or kennels.
It may seem like a daunting task to repair and prepare for a home inspection. If you follow the steps and have maintained regular maintenance to your home, you will be well on your way to a successful home inspection.
Buyer’s Preparation Plan
Now that you have learned how a seller must prepare for an inspection, you, the buyer, should have a better idea as to what you should be looking for. As a buyer, there is very little preparation for a home inspection. However, that does not mean that the following steps are not important.
Find an Inspector
The first thing you need to do is find an inspector. Ask people you know for references and be sure to interview multiple inspectors over the phone. Make sure you ask for certificates and verify that they belong to certified groups. You can also check their reputation within these organizations.
Go on the Home Inspection
After you have found your inspector, be sure to set aside some time to attend the inspection. This will give you the opportunity to learn about the home and get a closer look at the property. This also allows you to make sure the home has been thoroughly inspected.
Make a List
Make a list of questions for your inspector. This is a good time to voice any concerns about the property. Ask your inspector to address your worries and give extra attention to your list. Most home inspections will find imperfections with the property. Expect to come across problems and plan to speak with the seller about your issues. Look over your contract for an inspection contingency clause and if necessary, be prepared to speak with a professional.
Prepare for Success
Preparing for home inspections is better for both parties. A property that has been well maintained will probably have less problems. It allows both the buyer and seller to move more quickly towards closing. If you have any questions about how to prepare your home for inspection or what you should look for during an inspection, contact Advantage Realty Group. We are experienced professionals who can answer any questions for you.