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Preparing for Home Inspections

How Sellers Should Prepare for Home Inspections

Even if your home is in good condition, having a home inspector come in to examine the dwelling is nerve-wracking. Some basic preparations can smooth the inspection process along.

Inspected Systems

The home inspector makes visual and hands-on inspections of different systems in the dwelling to ensure they are in good working order. These include:
• Plumbing
• Electric
• Air Conditioning
• Heating

The inspector also evaluates the condition of the exterior, roof, foundation, framing, insulation, interior, kitchen and bathrooms. A buyer may request mold, asbestos or lead paint assessments.

Indoors

Clean the house and remove clutter. That’s really a no-brainer, since an unkempt, messy home reflects on the overall maintenance of the property. Make sure the inspector can easily access any areas requiring inspection, such all electrical panels, under the sink plumbing and HVAC systems. Check all filters and clean or replace as needed. If there’s a toilet that’s not flushing properly or a leaky faucet, have them fixed beforehand. Appliances staying with the house must be in good working order. If that includes the washer and dryer, remove all laundry.
If there are cracks in windows or door glass, have the glass replaced. Test smoke detectors to make sure they work. If your home has a fireplace or wood stove, have it cleaned and give the inspector a copy of the service record. Check all of the light bulbs and replace any that have burned out.

 

Outdoors
Have the gutters cleaned. Check all vents to ensure they are open and working. Trim any foliage back so it is not interfering with the foundation, downspouts and exterior walls. Check downspouts to see if they are draining away from the house.

 

Keep a Good Attitude
Yes, the home inspector is checking for any possible defects in your home. Remember that this gives you an opportunity to make those repairs and avoid disrupting the sale. Keep a positive attitude and treat the inspector courteously. Home inspectors often experience a bit of antagonism from sellers – a friendly seller makes the inspection go easier for both of you.
If you are not going to be home during the inspection, place your pets in crates. Let the inspector know where he or she may find a key.

 

Pre-Inspections
If your home is older, is it worthwhile to spend the money and have the property pre-inspected before putting it on the market. Not only can you correct any issues ahead of time, but a recent inspection certification helps sell your home faster.

 

Contact Us
If you’re looking to buy or sell a home, call Island Realty Group, LLC today at (808) 689-7407. We’ll help you sell your current house and find you the house of your dreams.