If you’re selling your property, you can almost always expect a home inspection at some point.
You might opt for a pre-listing inspection to ensure there are no major repairs or updates needed before it goes on the market, or you could await the typical buyer’s inspection — which comes once an offer is firmly on the table.
Whichever route you take, preparation is key. Want to make sure you’re ready for an inspection? Here’s what you should do:
- Get your paperwork in order. If you’ve done any maintenance, repairs or renovations on the home, you should have that paperwork on hand for the inspector. This includes any building permits from the city.
- Make sure all parts of the home are accessible. The inspector will need a clear path throughout the property, including any outdoor space. Check that they also have access to smaller or harder-to-reach areas, like closets.
- Test all of your systems. Be sure that all major systems function as they should: HVAC, plumbing, appliances and even the doors and windows. If they aren’t, call in a professional and address the issues as quickly as possible.
- Repair anything visibly broken. If you see a broken stair railing, a hole in the wall or chipped paint, take the time to fix it now — before it can hurt your sale. If there’s something you can’t fix in time, we’ll include it on your seller’s disclosure form.
- Leave for the inspection. You should be prepared to leave home during the inspection. And, if you can, arrange for any pets to be away from the property as well.
Inspections are a crucial part of the selling process. Get in touch today for more guidance on selling your home.