7 Ways You Can Prepare for a Home Inspection

One of the final hurdles you have to face when selling your home is the inspection. Home inspectors are contracted by the buyers. Therefore, they have a real interest in discovering every potential problem that could spell trouble for the buyers. To avoid a poor inspection report, here are some tips to help you prepare your home for the inspection. 

  1. Clean and inspect the gutters. During the inspection, the inspector will look for signs that the gutters are functioning properly and are secured to the home. The inspector will also ensure the downspouts are properly positioned so that water does not drip back towards the home and damage the foundation. 

  2. Caulk exterior wall cracks. If there are gaps or cracks between the chimney, windows, and doors, make sure they are sealed before the inspection. The gaps could be seen as a problem that leads to excessive air leakage.  

  3. Clear the pathways in your home. The inspector needs to have access to every area of your home, including the heating and cooling system, water heater, and the electrical panels.  

  4. Get a plumbing inspection. An inspection by your plumber will reveal if there are any significant issues with the plumbing. He or she can provide you with an estimate for any repairs and perform the work so that the plumber is not the cause of a bad report. The plumber can also certify that the plumbing is in good working order.  

  5. Change the filters. Even if you have changed your heating and cooling system's filter in the last month, change it again. If the inspector sees a dirty filter, he or she will report it and the buyer could believe it is a sign that you have neglected the system.  

  6. Create a list of disclosures. The home inspector will more than likely uncover major problems with the home, such as asbestos or lead paint. So you don't look like you're trying to hide something, provide the buyer with a list of disclosures before the inspector arrives.  

  7. Inspect all of the windows. Believe it or not, it is entirely possible that the inspector will open and close each window. By inspecting the windows now, you can determine if there are any issues that need to be addressed, such as a window that needs oil.  

Talk to your real estate agent about other steps you can take to ensure your home is ready for the home inspection.