A Seller’s Guide to Preparing for the Home Inspection

A Seller’s Guide to Preparing for the Home Inspection

One of the first things that will happen after you have accepted an offer is that the buyer will want to inspect your home.

In all likelihood, the buyer will hire a general inspector who will spend 2-3 hours in your home, going over it from top to bottom, “looking for trouble, but hopefully not finding any.” The inspector will look closely at the roof, the HVAC system, the electrical system, the plumbing system and the structural integrity of the home. He will also test the appliances, open and close all the windows and doors and look for signs of deferred maintenance.

No home is perfect, so be prepared for a laundry list of requested repairs from the buyer after the inspection. At that time, we’ll discuss each item and determine whether or not you want to address it. I have great resources to get us through the inspection period, so don’t lose any sleep over it!

However, prior to the inspection, it’s a good idea for you to go through the home with your tool kit (or with your handyman – let me know if you’d like to talk to mine) to correct as many items as you can ahead of time. Some sellers even hire their own inspector ($300-$600) before the sale to ensure there are no surprises during the inspection period. Let me know if you’d like some recommendations.

If you don’t hire your own inspector, here are some items to take a look at, and correct as needed:

HVAC system – have it cleaned and serviced. If repairs are needed, make them

Make sure most windows open and close, and that the locks work If you have removed the screens from your windows, re-install them

Check for leaks in faucets and under sinks

Dust off the water heater

Ensure that sinks and tubs drain quickly

Ensure that all light fixtures have working bulbs

If toilets wobble, replace the wax ring and bolt down firmly

Clean up cobwebs in basement- if you have one

Clean gutters

Replace cracked or broken window panes

Caulk around tub

Clean out gook in faucet filters (to maximize water pressure)

Fix squeaks in wood floors, if you can

Ensure patio doors slide smoothly

Roto-Rooter your sewer line

Ensure downspouts have extenders

Have your roof inspected, and make repairs as recommended

Dig up receipts and warranties for recent repairs

Of course, this is just a partial list, but you get the idea.

When the inspector goes over his report with the buyer, he will point out every single item he found, no matter how minor it may seem to you. The fewer items the inspector finds, the more positive the inspection experience will be for the buyer… and therefore for you!

Contact us to talk more about what we can do for you when you’re ready to Sell Your Home