If you are preparing to sell your home, you might be thinking about scheduling your home inspection. While some people prefer to wait until they have a buyer lined up, this can actually slow down the sale of the home. Getting your inspection done ahead of time can help to expedite the sale process and give you time to address any issues before you even list your home. Keep these tips in mind when preparing for your home inspection.
- Deep Clean and Declutter
While you are not showing the home to a potential buyer, making a good impression on the home inspector is never a bad idea. The home inspector will be poking around in all the seldom visited corners of your home, so you should make sure that the entire home is neat, tidy, and easy to access. First impressions matter and a dirty house can give the impression of a poorly maintained house, even if that is not the case.
Specifically, you should make sure that there is at least 3 feet of space around the furnace and hot water heater so they can easily be examined. You will also want to allow easy access to the basement, garage, and attic walls. If you are storing items in these areas, move all boxes at least 2 feet away from the walls so that the inspector can pass through.
- Be Ready Early
When preparing houses for sale in Salinas CA, it is best to be ready ahead of time. Your home inspector could show up 30 minutes early, so do not wait until the last minute to put the finishing touches on your home. Also, expect that the inspector will start with the home’s exterior, so do not be surprised to see someone strolling past your windows and into your backyard.
- Utilities On
As part of the inspection, your heating and air systems, dishwasher, oven, and stovetop will need to be tested. Your electrical currents will also be tested, and all of this is impossible to do if the utilities have been cut off. While this will not be an issue if the home is still occupied, make sure you take this into consideration if you are moving out before the inspection.
If you have any gas appliances, make sure that the pilot lights are lit. Home inspectors will typically not have insurance coverage in the event of a fire or explosion, so they will often refuse to light the pilot lights themselves.
- Assemble Relevant Documents
If your house has recently been repaired or remodeled, make sure that you have these documents and receipts available. While this will not stop the inspector from examining these areas, having the documents available will help to reassure potential buyers that everything is in order.
Once you have your home inspection completed, it is time to list your home. Reach out to our team of Monterey County realtors to learn more about how you can make this process as smooth as possible.