Home Inspections. A high stress point for many homeowners looking to sell their homes. As stressful and unnerving as they may sound, we promise there are things you can do to prepare for a home inspection that will not only easy your mind, but make the process of the inspection go much smoother and quicker.
Why do you do a home inspection?
Home inspections are a way to create an open and honest dialogue between the seller and potential buyers of the home. By looking for areas of the home that are potential liabilities, not up to par, etc. both parties are held accountable and safety hazards are able to be fixed before the transition of ownership occurs.
A second reason home inspections are a great and necessary step is that it serves as an excellent negotiating strategy for both buyer and seller. Based on the results of the home inspection, the price of the home may be open for discussion and negotiated.
What is typically checked in a home inspection?
Home inspections can check and investigate, but are not limited to the following list:
- Structure of the home
What checks can YOU do before the inspection?
Before the actual home inspection, it is a great idea to print off a checklist for a mini home inspection of your own. REMEMBER that many of the checks during a home inspection should be done by professionals ONLY, especially when dealing with vital systems of the home. With this in mind, you can “check what they will check” by performing a basic safety analysis and double checking the function of these home systems.
After doing this on your own, make not of any small fixes you are able to make on your own, if they are needed. Doing these before the inspection will make the list of fixes found during the inspection smaller, saving you time and energy.
Lastly, if you are aware of any improvements or safety adjustments that need to be made to the exterior of the home, it is a great idea to complete these projects before the home inspection. This can sometimes mean a new roof, trimming trees with dead branches, or filling in holes in the driveway. Many people forget that the safety and maintenance of the outside of your home is JUST as important as the interior!
What else can you do to prepare?
We have already addressed “inspection like” prep for before the day of. However, here are some day of preparations that many people forget.
- Get paperwork together – Have all of the paperwork you need regarding the maintenance of the home and health of the structure and systems. Having this on hand and in one place will save the headache of scrambling to find the documents, should you need them.
- Clean and clear away access points – Make sure the inspector is able to get to all of the systems, entrances, exits, and appliances they will need to.
- Children & Pets – If you have any children or pets, arranging for them to be at a neighbor’s or friend’s house for the duration of the inspection is a great idea, especially if your children are young or if your pets do not do well with strangers.