There are many things to check off your list before you put your home on the market. A home inspection should be at the top of that list. Here are several tips that can help you navigate the inspection process as a seller.
Prepare the Home
Get the house ready before the inspector arrives. Make sure that the inspector has access to all relevant areas. Remove obstacles preventing access to the attic, basement, and crawlspaces. Remove all clutter obstructing doorways, exterior walls, and any other areas that need to be inspected.
Choose the Right Inspection Service
There are many individuals and companies that provide inspection services. Choose one that is certified, insured, and communicates clearly. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, ask these important questions before choosing:
- How much does the inspection cost?
- How soon can the inspection be completed?
- Does the inspector allow you to be present during the process?
- How long will it take to get a full report?
Why to Attend the Inspection
The presence of a homeowner or a real estate agent during the inspection can be helpful. If you take part in the inspection, you can raise questions and answer any that the inspector may have. If you take notes during the inspection process, you can ensure that all problem areas and concerns are addressed as soon as possible. Making improvements right away will make the selling process go faster.
Where to Focus
An experienced inspector will know exactly where to look for potential issues in each area of the home and property. Make your own list of specific areas that you’d like the inspector to check. Here are some areas to consider:
- The condition of the roof, chimney, and gutters
- The basement and the foundation
- Exterior steps, railings, and patios
- Landscaping, specifically with regard to water damage
- Door frames and windows
- The ventilation, air-conditioning, and heating systems
- The plumbing system
- The electrical system
The inspection report will let you know which areas need repairs, items that need to be replaced, and upgrades that should be made. If the list is long, prioritize the repairs. Set a budget and a timeline then decide the order in which to comply with the inspector’s recommendations. Note which projects are DIY and which require a professional.
Selling a home can be a long and difficult process. Planning for a successful home inspection can help make the sale go more smoothly.