Posted on January 21, 2016

Preparing for a home inspection

Moving from an accepted offer on a home to closing a sale often hinges on a few key subjects and when those are unmet or unsatisfactory, it can result in a failed deal. One of the most common subjects is the positive completion of a home inspection. As a seller, there are several things you can do to ensure your inspection meets the required standards and that your sale proceeds.

Complete Repairs
This is not the time for major renovations, however choosing to repair small things around your home can improve your home inspection result. Consider researching a list of what is evaluated during a home inspection and determine what adjustments you can make to achieve a positive result. Spending a few dollars to upgrade your door handles, doorknobs and sink faucets can enhance the impression of your home. Furthermore, when the small details are taken care of, the inspector - and buyer - has more confidence that your home is well maintained.

First impressions are extremely important throughout the selling process. When an inspector steps onto your property, he or she should not be distracted by debris or uncleanliness. Furthermore, the buyers are likely to accompany the home inspector and they should see their future home in the same condition as when they made an offer.

Be Honest

Disclose all repairs and issues with your home to potential buyers. “If something isn’t working properly, don’t try to hide it (because) we will find it,” says home inspector David Leopold. “Buyers get very suspicious when sellers deliberately try to conceal defects.”

Stay Connected
Make sure all your utilities are connected and running. The inspector will test your heating and cooling systems, plumbing, appliances, faucets and electrical systems. If your utilities are not connected, much of this testing cannot be done. This results in an incomplete inspection, which will delay the sales process.

Be Ready Early
While your home inspection may be scheduled for a certain time, the inspector may arrive early and you need to be ready. In fact, some inspectors make it a habit to inspect the outside of the home before the official inspection starts and before you know they have arrived. Aim to be ready at least one half hour before your inspection begins.

Provide Receipts and Home History
If repairs have been completed on the home, have those receipts and records available for the inspector to review. This helps them know exactly what work has been done and when. Also, if you are not the original buyer and are aware of earlier repairs or inspections, provide that information to the inspector as well.

Being properly prepared for the inspection is beneficial to all those involved and will give you the best chance of a successful sale.