For sellers- it is invasive. Strangers in your home, in every nook and cranny of your personal space. Looking through belongings, moving items, inspecting every element of your home you’ve lived in, have memories in, have made your own. It can be awkward.
To prepare for a home inspection, consider these items.
- Declutter and make things accessible.
- Problems will be found- even in a new home. Don’t panic.
- It can be fixed (almost all things).
- It’s what was observed during inspection. Inspectors can’t make predictions. It is what they observed during their inspection.
- It’s a to do list. Chip away at it per the timing of your agent and attorney. Where needed, hire professionals and avoid DIY.
- Prepare in advance of the listing and inspection.
- Start outside repairing minor things like loose steps, disconnected gutters and rotted trim. Look, with a critical eye, for anything that’s been neglected and needs repair, like a rotted windowsill or missing roof shingle. A pair of binoculars is a good tool to use for the roof review. Besides missing shingles, look for loose metal flashing around chimneys and plumbing vents, a common cause of leaks.
- Inside the home, give your mechanical systems an honest assessment. If your heating and cooling system hasn’t been recently inspected and serviced, do it now. If you are aware of any minor plumbing or electrical repairs that need to be done, get them done way before the home inspection takes place. Leaky toilet fill valves, drippy faucets or electrical outlets that don’t work might seem minor, but fixing them now not only means you’ll have less to worry when the inspection is done, it also shows both the inspector and the buyers that you’ve taken good care of your home.
- Move pets from the home or secure them.
- Most sellers choose not to stay. You will have at minimum 3 people in your home (buyer, agent, inspector).
- The buyer and their professionals will negotiate to get items fixed or money back. Be reasonable. If this buyer falls through because you are refusing to negotiate, the next buyer will have the same list, same concerns and you will not be moving any time soon.