How to Get Ready for Your Home to be Inspected
Congratulations! You’ve accepted an offer on your home, all the paperwork has been signed. You may be wondering “What Comes Next?” We understand how challenging moving can be, and we are here to help. Once you and the buyer have come to terms on the sale of your home, most buyers will want a home inspection. Typically home inspections are completed within 7 to 10 days of the offer being accepted. We have put together some helpful tips to help you prepare for the home inspection.
Clean the HouseFirst impressions matter! This sounds so simple, yet home owners often overlook this tactic. Home inspectors are people first and inspectors second. As people, they carry preconceived ideas of how well a home has been maintained. Clean homes say you care and take care of the house. Take any important valuables with you!
Be on TimeBecause the Inspector Will Be! Sometimes home inspectors are early. If an inspector makes an appointment with you for 9:00 a.m., have the house ready for inspection at 8:30. It’s also common for inspectors to start on the exterior of the home, so leave the shades down or drapes drawn until you are dressed. More than one unprepared seller has been “surprised” by a stranger stomping around in the back yard.
Leave the Utilities & Appliances ConnectedThe home inspector will need to turn on the stove, run the dishwasher, test the furnace and air conditioning. So leave all utilities on, especially if the house is vacant. It’s impossible to check receptacles for grounding and reverse polarity if the power is turned off. Without utilities, the inspector will have to reschedule, which could delay the removal of the buyer’s home inspection contingency and the closing of your transaction.
Many home inspectors will refuse to light pilot lights because they are not covered for that type of liability. If your pilot lights are not lit, then important items such as the water heater, gas stove or furnace will not be inspected and the buyer could delay closing until those inspections are completed.