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The home inspection process is an integral part in the real estate transaction and is recommended by most Realtors. It is important that you understand the process and how to prepare for a home inspection. A home inspection can be a very stressful experience for both home buyers and home sellers but following these tips will make your home inspection go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.
First and foremost, if haven’t already, you should read my post outlining what to expect during your home inspection.
Preparing for a home inspection starts by making sure the inspector has access, not only to the house, but also to the furnace, water heater and air- conditioning units, (especially in closets, attics and crawlspaces). Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service, panels, water heaters, sump pumps, etc. Check to see that the garage is open and that any water heater, utility panel and electrical outlets are accessible. Unlock areas the inspector must access, such as attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawlspaces. Ensure that all utility services are turned on, with gas pilot lights burning.
Replace burned-out bulbs to avoid a “light did not operate” report that may suggest an electrical problem. Remove stored items, debris and wood from around the home and foundation. These may be cited as conditions conducive to wood-destroying insects. Trim tree limbs to 10 feet from the roof and shrubs to 1 foot from the house to allow access. Attend to broken or missing items such as doorknobs, locks and latches, windowpanes, screens, locks, and gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.
If you have pets be sure they won’t hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets that will be at the home during your home inspection.
Preparing for a home inspection is an investment in selling your property. It will expedite your closing and could increase the value of your property. Better yet, have me perform a pre-listing home inspection to ensure that your home is Move-In Certified™. Your real estate agent will thank you!
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