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Congrats! You got an offer on your home and agreed on the sale price. The papers are signed, and the next step in the process is your home inspection. The odds are that the last thing standing in your way before the sale is a satisfactory home inspection report so it’s important you put your best foot forward.
The purpose of a home inspection is to document the overall condition of the property at the time of inspection and to ensure that its major systems and components are working properly. Therefore, the primary thing that an inspector will need is access, including the garage, attic opening, crawl spaces, closets, basement, water heater, electrical panel and other mechanical systems. If the inspector cannot access those areas, they cannot be included in the report, which may raise questions for your buyer.
Below is a suggested list of items to address before a home inspection to ensure it goes as smooth as possible. The good news is that you may have already taken care of most repair issues while getting ready to put your home on the market.
A proper home inspection is your best defense against buying a property that will be a home improvement nightmare. Use these 18 tips to get the most out of your home inspection:
- Make sure the inspector has a place to park his vehicle near the residence to be inspected.
- Turn off sprinkler timers that may operate during the inspection.
- Replace burned-out light bulbs.
- Replace old smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries.
- Replace old batteries in heating and air conditioning thermostats.
- Remove kitchenware from the sink and empty the dishwasher.
- Turn off the computer.
- Clear a path to the attic access and subarea access if they are in a closet or storage area. Empty the closet if you are concerned about debris from the attic and subarea getting on your belongings.
- Clear storage away from heater furnaces, water heaters, and electrical panels.
- Remove padlocks from all gates, doors, and equipment covers.
- Remove all air fresheners, especially electronic air fresheners.
- Open all of the window blinds.
- Make sure there are no unflushed toilets.
- Clean the cat litter box.
- Scoop up the dog poop in the yard.
- Take your pets with you when you leave for the home inspection.
- If one of your neighbors has a dog that barks, ask the neighbor to take the dog inside during the home inspection.
- Don’t send your agent to the house during the home inspection to ask how things are going.
You might notice that a few of the items in this checklist appear to be more for the home inspector’s comfort than for the inspection itself. That is because they are. A happy and content home inspector is an inspector who is less likely to be overly contentious and alarming about the conditions he discovers.