How do I Prepare My Home for an Inspection? You’ve prepped, primped and prepared your home for the market. You’ve left for showings and open houses while strangers wandered your halls. An offer has come in. We've negotiated with the buyers until all the parties are satisfied and tomorrow is the inspection.
Once again, it’s time to make yourself scarce. This is a time for the buyer, their broker and the inspector to take in the house in much greater detail. The owner may bring a tape measure to see how their furniture will fit. They may bring a camera to shoot more pictures to share with friends and family, but the main reason for this extended visit is to check out the details. It is not a good idea to stick around, and please bring your pets with you and let any kids know not to come straight home if the inspection is still going on.
You should expect your dishwasher to be run, so you might as well have it loaded and the soap container prepared. If the washer & dryer are staying, they will also be put through a cycle. Your furnace will be cranked up and if you have A/C, it will cranked back down to check for temperature rise & drop.
Please, clear access to the attic hatch and the crawlspace hatch. If your attic is accessed through a closet, consider removing your clothes and anything else you want to keep clean. It’s not uncommon for some insulation to come loose and fall on whatever is around.
The electric panel should also be easily accessible. Inspectors don’t want to move your things to do their job. They don’t want to take responsibility for something going wrong, so if you know what to prepare it will be easier for everyone.
A good inspector will check a home thoroughly, report their findings responsibly and advise for further inspections as they detect issues outside of their expertise. The more prepared you are for the inspection the better chance things will go smoothly for everyone.
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