To sell your home in a smooth and successful manner, you have to be ready for a home inspection. And you have to prepare for it in advance to avoid problems. In some states, the seller is required to provide a potential buyer with a detailed home inspection, while also giving the latter to carry out their own inspection.
Whether the seller wishes to conduct an inspection or simply expecting the buyer to come with their own inspector, it pays to know what to expect. More importantly, you must know how to get ready.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a process of assessing the condition of a property. It’s often carried out when a property is up for sale. Inspectors look into major parts of the property, including its foundation, roofing, plumbing, heating and cooling systems, water and sewage, and electrical works. Fire and safety features of the house are also assessed.
What to do before an inspection
Obviously, your house has to be clean and presentable. Make sure the interiors and exteriors are clean. This gives the impression that you’re a responsible owner and that your property is well maintained.
It doesn’t stop there, of course. To make it through the inspection, you have to check major parts such as the roof. Aerolite Group and other specialists in home inspection in Utah suggest cleaning the gutters and making sure that the downspouts are in proper position. If there’s damage on the roof, fix it right away.
Examine doors and cabinets, as well. Make sure all doors are latched securely into the frames. Locks and doorknobs should be functioning well, too. Cabinets should also open and close easily and properly and fix the hinges if necessary.
Give the inspector easy access to areas to be examined. Clear areas around the furnace, heater, AC, sink, and electrical box. Set aside storages that may block the inspector’s sight. In addition, make sure your plumbing is in good condition. Remove clogs from your drainage and make sure your toilet is working properly.
Lastly, the key to a successful home inspection is to get ready in advance. Finish all the cleaning and the necessary preparations before the inspector comes.