If it’s time to sell your first home because your family has grown and you need more space, a home inspection is crucial. Here’s a bit of advice to start with. If you think your home may be in need of repairs or it’s an older home, schedule an inspection BEFORE listing it on the market.
What to do before the inspector arrives
As a first-time seller, you’ll need to prepare for that inspection. The following is what we recommend in order to be ready when the inspector arrives:
- Be sure to leave all utilities connected, even if the home is already vacant. Make sure the pilots are lit and that the electric, gas, and water are still on. Otherwise, your inspection will have to be rescheduled and this will most likely delay closing.
- Check faucets for leaks, HVAC filters, and light bulbs. Repair or replace as needed.
- Clear all outdoor walkways so the inspector can move freely about the property. Prior to the inspection, remove obstacles that would hinder the inspector’s progress.
- Have receipts available for any repairs you’ve made to the property while living there. Make sure permits and product approvals are included with the receipts. This tells the inspector that you’ve resolved any issues that arose while you were living in the home.
- If bushes and shrubs are overgrown and blocking access to outdoor inspection areas, be sure to trim them back in order to make things easier for the inspector.
- If you have pets, make sure they’ve been secured during the appointment so they don’t get under foot while the inspector is doing their job.
- Make sure the attic, closets, and doorways are readily accessible. Furthermore, make sure that there is enough space to work around your air conditioning compressor, water heater, and so on.
- Make sure you’ve removed everything in the way of clutter as this will make it easier for the inspector to do his or her job and not have to maneuver around or step over objects lying on the floor.
- Most importantly, be prepared when the inspector arrives so they can get started as quickly as possible. Remember, your home won’t be the only inspection on his or her agenda for that day.
Time is precious
Home inspectors typically have a busy schedule every day that they work. Thus, it’s very important that you’re ready to let them get started as soon as they arrive at your home. Not only will it benefit you as you will get to know the real value of your home.
For more information or to schedule a home inspection in Broward County, please call Florida Inspections Unlimited today at 954-861-0666.