A home inspection may not seem like it has much to do with the seller (aside from the responsibility of making repairs afterward, that is). But the seller’s participation in preparing a listing beforehand can help make the inspection process easier on all involved parties. Here are a few quick and easy tips on how you, the seller, can help simplify the experience for everyone.
Don’t try to hide defects. If it’s obvious that something isn’t working, make a note of it for the inspector and buyer instead of leaving it as a surprise. Let them know if and how you’re planning to have it fixed. This will also show the buyer that you are willing to work with them to get the deal closed.
Make attics and crawlspaces easily accessible. The quicker the inspector can reach every area of your home, the quicker they’ll be out of your hair. Think about leaving a note that tells the inspector where to locate the crawlspace and attic access as well. Directions for septic system locations, if applicable, are also extremely helpful.
Clean up before the inspector arrives. Save yourself the embarrassment of having a complete stranger handle your underwear. Remove clothes from the washer and dryer beforehand. Also, make sure kitchen appliances are reasonably clean and clear of dishes. Inspectors are required to check that all appliances are in working order.
Replace any burned-out bulbs. If a lightbulb is not working, the inspector might have to check the entire fixture to find out whether or not it functions. Save everyone extra time and effort by making sure all your lightbulbs are in working order.
Make arrangements for pets. Even if you have the friendliest pet on the planet, he or she could get in the inspector’s way and slow things down. Inspectors need access to the entire home, so it’s not necessarily enough to restrain pets to one area of the house. Instead, take your pup to the dog park or book your cat’s grooming session to coincide with the inspection.
Are there any other tips you’ve come across as a buyer or seller that you think could help speed along the inspection process? Are there any odd hindrances you’ve run across during a home inspection? Tell us in the comments section below!