Selling your home can be a tough ordeal if one doesn't properly prepare for the home inspection. Today's buyers are come more educated than ever before to the closing table. They have researched neighborhoods, home values, schools, days on market, construction techniques, crime rates, sex offenders and everything else you can so easily find online.
When the buyers gets to a seller's home, they know as a matter of fact they will have the home inspected by a home inspector, a professional who makes it his/her business to find something wrong with your house.
So how should today's home owner deal with this? Prepare, plan ahead, if it's broke fix it!
Here's a list from a home inspection company offering their suggestions:
- Confirm water, electric and gas service are on, with gas lights burning
- Ensure pets won't hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from premises or secured outside.
- Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a "Light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical problem.
- Test smoke and carbon Monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries
- Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters.
- Remove stored items, debris and wood from foundation. These may be cited as "conductive conditions" for termites and other critters.
- Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics and crawl spaces
- Unlock areas the inspector must access - attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawl spaces
- Trim tree limbs to 10' from the roof and shrubs from the house to allow access
- Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches, windowpanes, screens and locks, gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.
Checking and complying with all these items will ensure a speedy, successful inspection and a very happy closing.
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