Home inspectors should be a welcome part of the homebuying process for the seller the agent and the buyer. Not only will the inspector provide a list of items that need attention, but they also, by the process of elimination, indicate all the areas of the home that are in working order. If you’re the seller or agent, the home inspection process can be a seamless one if you follow some basic steps.
Home inspectors are understandably meticulous when they look over the house. After all, that is what they are being paid for. It is the inspector’s job to find any existing issues or potential concerns, but that doesn’t mean they are going to tear the house apart and write up everything they see.
One area that they will pay special attention to are leaks. Be sure that anything that could be leaking is in good working order before inviting the inspector and the buyers into your home. Some things to look out for include:
- Basement or crawl space water seepage
- Supply and waste plumbing
- Crawlspaces and attics
- HVAC units
A Clean House is a Happy House
You want to make a good impression on the prospective buyers as well as the inspector. It never hurts to clean the home before anyone arrives. Sweep, mop, vacuum, and dust to leave a fresh scent in your wake. Make sure any clutter or personal effects are put away and out of sight.
To Stay or To Go
Whether you decide to stay or go during the home inspection is ultimately your decision. It never hurts to ask the agents involved if the buyers have a preference. They may want you there to show them the trick to getting into the attic or where you’ve hidden the shed key. This can also be helpful for the inspector.
Knowing that your home is ready for another family’s memories is a little bittersweet, but it’s worth it. The home inspection process will go more smoothly if you prepare for it ahead of time.