Having a home inspection is usually associated with having a problem like mold growth or termites. But it’s actually recommended that you have an inspection each year. And if you’re looking to sell your property, a home inspection is highly recommended, if not necessary. If you’re new to the home inspection game, these tips will help you figure out how to prepare your property when the inspection takes place.
The first thing to know is that your home inspector will probably arrive up to half an hour before the actual appointment. Home inspections are fairly lengthy, if you take into account the busy schedule and the amount of paperwork that has to be filled out. Allow yourself an hour before the actual appointment to make sure the exterior of your property is ready to be inspected since they might start with it and probably won’t let you know. To have your property exterior ready, make sure there are no vehicles, storing items, bushes, or anything blocking the access to any appliances, electrical panels, or heating and cooling units that might be located close to your garage or storing unit.
If your home is on the market, keep in mind that the inspector might not come alone, but with the potential buyer of your property. The potential buyer’s first impression of your property might lead to assumptions on how the property is taken care of. For instance if the interior of your property is all over the place, this might lead them to think that there is irregular maintenance, which can cause the buyers to change their opinion about the house regardless of the home inspector’s report.
Organization and cleanliness are key. Make sure you remove dirt, debris, or anything that might make a room seem dirty or might clog or obstruct any pipeline, air vent, or water ducts. Any filth uncovered by the inspector can cause a delay in the inspection, leading to an incomplete inspection or an upset potential buyer. Taking care of this in advance will prevent delays or problem with contingency clauses.
Make sure that all utilities are in working order before your home inspection. Your inspector will likely be testing heating and cooling systems, electrical systems, water faucets, plumbing, and much more. Without working utilities proper inspection can’t be done and will delay the procedure. Additionally, if you know of any damage on any appliance that uses water, gas, or electricity let the inspector know beforehand so that they’re careful when testing or checking those appliances.
Inspectors, for liability reasons, aren’t allowed to turn on pilot lights on stoves, water heats, or furnaces. For that reason make sure you’re either there to turn them on yourself or leave them lit so that the inspector can check on them.
Lastly, give the inspector their own space. Though you or a potential buyer might want to tag along during the inspection, the inspector will need to check small spaces or need more room when checking things that may require precision and concentration.
Your home inspection doesn’t have to be a hassle for you or the inspector. These few simple steps will go a long way in preparing your home for inspection and creating a suitable environment for your inspector.