That happy event has occurred and you have an accepted offer on your lovely home. Next step is for the excited Buyers to inspect it with their agent. ¬†And your next step is to Prepare for Your Home Inspection as a Seller.
Of course you have already performed the minor repairs to prepare to present your home to the buying public and to market your home. ¬†Now the magnifying glass¬†is going to be focused on every corner of your structure. ¬†And don’t panic. ¬†The inspector who comes to your home will begin with an explanation of what is and is not going to happen throughout the inspection. ¬†The purpose of the home inspection is to search out structural flaws or weaknesses that were not readily able to be observed in the Buyers’ prior visits to your home. So what can you do to prepare for your home inspection? If you’re interested in a preview of what an ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors)-certified inspector will do, watch this video. ¬†It will give you a fairly comprehensive sense of what is going to take place during the inspection of your home. ¬†You’ll get an idea of areas to review and simple steps you can take to prepare for your home inspection as a Seller. OUTSIDE: Walk around the outside looking at the grading of the ground from the foundation. Be sure there is a gap between the dirt and any wood shingles or clapboards. ¬†Check siding for rot or deterioration. Check that all gutters and downspouts are connected and gutters are free of debris. ¬†Are there any overhanging branches that could fall and damage the roof? ¬†Does the driveway drain away from the house? INSIDE: Check plumbing fixtures for leaks. Check that door knobs are tight and secure. Clean your oil burner or furnace: vacuum the top and wipe it down. Vacuum the garage and basement where bugs collect giving a negative impression. APPLIANCES: Confirm that all appliances that convey with the house are in working order. ENVIRONMENTAL: Tests will be performed to measure radon in the air and water (unless you have a public water system), as well as water potability and mineral content, septic function, and, if you have, or have had a buried oil tank to assure that no spillage has occurred. When you prepare for your home inspection, you are really performing a mini-inspection prior to your actual inspection. ¬†And taking a little time to do this may very well save you complications in the sale of your home. ¬†It may also raise your awareness of some of the objective criteria involved in a the inspection process so you won’t be surprised by the results of the inspection. It’s almost time to celebrate! ¬†Feel free to contact us with any specific questions about the inspection process.