Preparing for a Home Inspection
Time Required: Over 1 day
As a homeowner who’s planning to sell, it’s important to think about what a certified inspector will look for when he or she visits your home with a potential buyer. To help ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible, consider the following factors.
- Replace burnt-out light bulbs.
- Fix plumbing leaks.
- Install clean air filters in your heater and air conditioner.
- Hire a professional to clean your chimney.
- Fix all appliances (if they are included in the sale).
- Check for mold and mildew under counters and in closets, the basement and the attic.
- Repair any visible water damage.
- Unlock exterior doors for easy access.
- Clear debris from gutters and downspouts.
- Trim shrubs away from the foundation.
- Make your outdoor crawl space accessible.
- Open the garage.
- Remove cars and store or move items in the garage so there is at least 3 feet of clearance from the walls.
- Pull down attic stairs and remove anything blocking them.
- Empty the attic.
- Move boxes and furniture away from the electrical box, furnace and water heater.
- Turn on all utilities.
- Ensure that the electrical-box cover can be removed easily.
- Keep repair and service records and invoices on hand.
- Present documentation and permits for your pool, deck, basement renovation or home addition.
- Disclose any shortcomings, such as leaks or roof problems.
- Find a place to send your children and pets.
- Make sure that your Realtor has all the documents, if you plan to be out.
- Keep out of the way until your help is needed, if you plan to stay.