There are a lot of things you can and should do as a seller to prepare your home for a home inspection. According to BHG Inspections, here are 10 things sellers can do to make the inspection go a little more smoothly.
- On inspection day, the home should be empty of the owners – this gives the buyer time to get acquainted with the property.
- Pets should be removed or crated.
- If something isn’t working properly – don’t try to hide it – inspectors will find it. You may raise questions that will cause concern for the buyer and impact the sale. Simply leave a note indicating you know the item is broken.
- Replace blown lightbulbs in all parts of the home. Test all smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly.
- Please make sure your oven and stovetop are clean so they can be tested without setting off the smoke alarm.
- Have clear access to the electrical panel, water heater, attic, crawlspaces, heating systems, garage and garage GFCIs, and other areas that will need to be inspected.
- Change or replace your HVAC filter.
- If there is a septic inspection, please make sure the lid is accessible and exposed.
- If the house is vacant, please make sure all utilities are turned on.
- The house should be clean inside. Gutters should be clean outside. Trim trees and shrubs around the exterior.
BPG Inspections – TREC #323