When one is looking to sell a home, it is important to be open to the buyer about what he is getting should he purchase the home that you are selling. In order to provide the proper information about the home to the buyer so that he can make an informed decision on purchasing, you should have a home inspection carried out. Through a home inspection, an inspector can create a report regarding your home and determine whether it is a suitable area for residence.
Buyers will want to know everything they can about the home they are looking to purchase and the report from a home inspection is a reliable source of information that can help buyers decide on the purchase. If you are looking to sell your home and need to put it through a home inspection, here are some tips that can help you so that your home can pass the inspection.
- Declutter – A very simple thing to do but quite helpful. Doing some basic cleaning around the home allows the home inspectors to move around with little to no problem. You will want to make sure that spaces such as under your sink and anywhere the inspector will need access to is clean and unblocked. When everything is tidy and in its place, the home inspection can go through smoothly.
- Empty appliances – Something that home sellers often overlook is emptying the appliances in the home that will have to be turned on during the home inspection. You must make sure that there is nothing inside the washing machine and dryer, stove, dishwasher, etc. This can make things much easier for your inspector and shows politeness towards them. Also, you do not want smoke to come out the stove when the inspector is testing it.
- Attic access – If the home that you are selling has an attic, you need to make sure that the inspector can easily access it. This can be easily done by providing a ladder for when the inspector will go up to inspect the area. In line with the first tip, you should also make sure that there is nothing that is blocking access to the attic and that the attic itself is tidy enough to move around for easier inspection.
- Unlocking doors – In order for the inspector to properly carry out the home inspection of the entire house, he must have easy access to every part of the home he is inspecting. This is why it is advised to unlock all of the doors in the home before the inspector is set to arrive. This includes unlocking any sheds, crawl spaces, garage doors, and gates that lead to anywhere within the property.
- Maintenance documentation – If something in the home was recently repaired, make sure that you have the repair documented. Providing these files to the home inspector will make it easier for him to access the kind of work that was done on the area. Documentations should also include insurance claims and any report on past inspections recently done by maintenance/engineers.