How to Prepare for a Home Inspection
Whether you’re selling your home or getting a home inspection for any other reason, having a home inspection can be a cumbersome task. It can be difficult to figure out where to begin in preparing your home for an inspection.
From the curb appeal to the paperwork, there’s a lot to consider when you’re preparing for a home inspection. Each home and family is unique, which means each house will have particular needs concerning an inspection.
Keep reading to learn how to prepare for a home inspection and what you need to do.
1. Clean & Declutter
When you’re expecting a home inspector to come by, one of the best things you can do to make the process easier is to declutter and clean up. This includes things like:
- Sweeping any debris in the front and back yard
- Removing outdoor clutter or waste
- Decluttering closets and storage space (like basements and attics)
While you don’t need to go all out with cleaning, keeping things neat and enabling clear access to everything can make the entire process easier for the inspector. Plus, an added bonus is you’ll have a neater home to live in afterward!
2. Fix What’s Broken
Another way you can ensure your home inspection goes as smoothly as possible is to fix things that are broken or malfunctioning before the inspection process. This involves doing things like:
- Checking the lights work
- Changing lightbulbs
- Putting new batteries into garage door remotes and smoke alarms
- Patching up minor bumps and plaster cracks
- Fixing dripping taps
Ensuring everything is fully functioning makes the inspection easier and provides even more reassurance to buyers. After all, the less that’s broken, the more desirable your property becomes.
3. Provide Full Access
This one is relatively easy, but it’s also highly important. To inspect your home, the inspector needs to have full access to the entire property. This includes access to:
- Locked rooms
- External structures, like sheds, barns, and outhouses
- Storage cupboards
Go through and make sure your doors are unlocked and everything can be easily accessed. It can be beneficial to double-check this immediately before the inspection, too.
4. Get Your Paperwork in Order
This is one step that often requires a bit of early preparation. An inspection goes through every system in your home, from the HVAC to the foundation itself.
Therefore, any updates on general maintenance, repairs, or other things to note about your home will be important to discuss and disclose, especially if an issue has already been addressed.
While a home inspection might seem like a big, daunting event to prepare for, you can get through it in a breeze with some forethought and tidying up. When you have all your paperwork and provide full access to a clean, functional home, your abode will be a model of success.
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Author: Rose Morrison is a real estate and home improvement writer, as well as the managing editor of Renovated.com. Check out her site to see more of her work.