We always get asked about tips and tricks for home inspections. One recent report with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that nearly four out of every five homes sold in the United States are evaluated by a professional home inspector before they are sold. The NAR further reported that realtors recommend buyers get a home inspection nearly 99 percent of the time, and most buyers listened to their agent as they request a home inspection in 84 percent of all transactions.
Here’s our top 6 home inspection tips for home sellers.
1. Be Prepared
When a Sac Inspect home inspector arrives at a property, it is best to have full access. Meaning that prior arrangements should be made for someone to be home or for a real estate professional to meet our home inspector at the site.
2. Allow Access to All Areas of the Property
All too often we find areas blocked by boxes and other items which prohibit us from being able to complete a full inspection. Make sure that all rooms and crawl spaces have access available and that items are moved away from the furnace, electrical panel, and water heater. Additionally, our home inspectors will need to examine under bathroom, laundry, and kitchen sinks so please clean out any items in these locations.
3. Remove Pets from the Premises
While we like furry and fluffy animals, they can pose a problem when we are completing an inspection. It is best to pen the animals up or take them with you while the home inspection is being completed.
4. Give Us a Break
We don’t mind home buyers, home sellers, and real estate agents being present at the time of inspection. We are also happy to point things out as we find them. But being our shadow puts more pressure on us as we focus on doing our job to the best possible ability.
5. Fix Known Items
Many homeowners put off home repairs only to have them flagged during the home inspection process. If you are a home seller and know of certain things that are in need of a repair, do your best to fix it or have it professionally repaired before a home inspection. Buyers are looking at the home inspection report- after all, they paid to have it completed- don’t give prospective buyers a reason to negotiate the contract further or even worse- walk away from the deal.
6. Make Sure Utilities are On
This is important as the home inspector will go around the home to ensure that all plumbing fixtures such as sinks, toilets, tub, and shower are all in proper working condition. Be aware that if leaks are found they will be reported on the home inspection report. Having the electricity on is crucial as the GFCI outlets will be tested, as well as other electrical related items.
Ben Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Do your best to make sure that the property you are selling is fully ready to be inspected.