Hiring an inspector is an essential step before buying or selling a home. If you are a homeowner, and you are getting ready to sell, then there are a few things that you need to do before the inspector shows up. Maximizing the equity in the property means that you will be able to create a better home life for your family. These steps can give your family a smoother transition to your new home.
Here are a few things you should be looking for before the inspector shows up:
Cleaning: Inside and Outside
A clean home will leave a good first impression for the inspector. When the property is clean and tidy, it helps the inspector to see that you are a responsible homeowner. On the other hand, signs of neglect can have a negative impact on the first impressions. Outside, you should clean up the gutters, trim the trees, pull weeds, pick up items in the yard, and wash the windows. Inside, make sure to scrub the bathrooms and kitchen, clean the floors, organize the closets, and address any small home repairs that need to be handled.
The inspector will need to access every part of the house, so make sure that you adjust the furniture to open the space if needed. Are there any objects blocking hallways, attic access, or the furnace? Walk through each room in the house and look for anything that might be in the way.
Pets are another factor that can impact the accessibility of your home. Before the inspector arrives, make sure that any animals are placed in cages. Better yet, take the animal on a walk or ask the neighbor to watch the animal for a few hours. If a pet is running around the house, then it can be a distraction to the inspector.
Prepare Appliances and Light Bulbs
During the inspection, all of the major appliances in the home will be checked. The inspector will be looking to see if these appliances are in working order. Check the stove to make sure there aren’t any pots and pans inside. Finish the laundry and remove clothing from the washer and dryer. Provide easy access to the water heater and HVAC system so that the inspector can see that these things are in good working order.
Also, it is a good idea to replace any light bulbs that might be burned out. The inspector needs to check the functionality of all light fixtures. New light bulbs will help the inspector to see that the wiring is in good condition.
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