If you plan to put your home on the market, you can anticipate that it will require an inspection once an interested buyer decides to submit an offer. While many homeowners tend to feel a little helpless at this stage while their home is at the mercy of a professional inspector evaluating and documenting flaws, there are some things you can do to make the inspection go smoother. Not to mention, you could uncover a potential issue before the inspector does. The licensed professionals at Burgess Inspections, Inc. have completed almost 40,000 home inspections and will share five ways to prepare your home for an inspection.
1. Take Care of Minor Repairs
If you know of any existing flaws or minor issues within your home, go ahead and get them repaired before the inspection. If you notice that you have a leaky faucet, a running toilet, cracked tile, or loose doorknobs, go ahead and get those fixed. It’s always best to repair flaws on your own timeline.
2. Replace Burned Out Lightbulbs
Likewise, replace any lightbulbs that are burned out. You don’t want the inspector to waste time taking a closer look into a non-existing issue or document a defect that you can easily remedy before they arrive.
3. Check and Replace Batteries
A home inspector will assess your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly. Go ahead and check the functionality of those and replace batteries as needed before the inspector arrives.
4. Replace Your HVAC Filter
It would be a good idea to replace your HVAC filter if you haven’t already done so in the last few months. Not only will this help your HVAC system to operate more efficiently, but it will also demonstrate that you are taking care of this critical system in your home.
5. Clean and Declutter Your Home
A space that is clean and free of clutter will give a positive impression to the inspector, as well as make their job easier. Be especially mindful of clearing the spaces around key entry points, such as the attic, crawl space, basement, and utility closets. That will need unobstructed access to these areas.
Schedule Your Home Inspection
When you take these steps to prepare your home for an inspection, it signifies that you are a responsible homeowner, and it could help to achieve a more positive outcome. In addition to buyer and renter inspections, Burgess Inspections offers seller pre-listing inspections, new construction inspections, specialty inspections, and more. Contact us today at (844) 804-9219 to request a free quote or schedule online. We serve Richmond, Gloucester, West Point, Henrico County, and Chesterfield County, as well as Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Lexington.