Home inspections are a great way to learn a lot about the home you are buying or selling. Preparing for a home inspection is an essential part of the home selling or buying process. Here are some steps you can take to prepare for a home inspection, credits to the amazing people at lifestorage.com.
A month before the inspection:
Gather all necessary paperwork and address which repairs you will fix prior to the home inspection, such as permits, warranties, and repair records, and provide them to the inspector.
One week before the inspection:
- Remove clutter, debris and anything else that will get in the way of the home inspector like furniture or other items that could obstruct the inspector’s view or access to areas. A clean and organized home will make it easier to identify any potential issues.
- It is also important to provide easy access to all areas of the home, such as the attic, basement, crawl spaces, and electrical panel, are easily accessible for the inspector.
- For sellers, it is ideal to do minor repairs like fixing leaky faucets and plumbing issues, caulking windows and doors and replacing light bulbs. In case you’re wondering, here’s what’s in the home inspector’s checklist.
Day of the home inspection:
- Leave utilities connected, that includes water, electricity, and gas.
- All animals and owners should be out of the house during the home inspection which could last a few hours.
By following the tips above, you can help ensure that the home inspection goes smoothly and that any issues are identified and addressed promptly.