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What to Expect as a Home Seller During a Home Inspection

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For Potential Home Sellers

So, you’re actively trying to sell your home, and you have an upcoming home inspection scheduled for your property. To show off your property in the best light, and help ensure no re-inspections or other stones get thrown into the gears of a smooth sale,  it is important to anticipate the home inspection process and prepare accordingly. Understanding what to expect can help you prepare your property and ensure a smooth inspection experience. Here, Jo will outline five essential things that home sellers should expect during a home inspection, allowing you to be proactive and prepared.

1. Schedule a Convenient Time: 

  • When scheduling the home inspection, choose a time when you and your pets can leave the property for at least three hours. This ensures that the inspector can thoroughly assess the home without any interruptions or distractions. Plan accordingly and communicate with your real estate agent to find a suitable time for the inspection.
  • If you plan to stay and be present during the inspection, it is important for you as the homeowner to understand that the inspection was hired and is being provided for the buyer, not the current owner. Please be courteous to the inspector and clients interested in purchasing your home by providing adequate space to properly inspect and safely discuss any findings while on the property. It is always difficult to speak openly and fully provide information in the moment to the buyer when the owner is present, it is best that you plan to be away from the property during the inspection time. 

2. Prepare Your Home: 

  • Before the inspection, take the time to prepare your home. Ensure that all areas are easily accessible, including the attic, crawlspaces, and electrical panel. Remove any clutter or obstacles that may impede the inspector’s access. This allows for a comprehensive inspection of the property. 
  • Systems that are regularly in need of preparation before an inspection are: landscaping sprinkler systems (set up the timer to run about a hour into the inspection time), sump pumps (remove any sealed lids for prior inspection), heated floor systems (often take 3-4 hours to fully turn on after being shut down for the season), attic hatches inside closets, jacuzzi jets (clean and run your jacuzzi system if no uses often to flush out any debris). 

3. Empty Appliances: 

  • Empty and clean appliances such as the dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer before the inspection. This allows the inspector to test these appliances properly and assess their condition without any obstructions or accidental damages, as they will want  to run a full cycle on both systems to test for function, drainage and potential leaks. Clearing out these appliances also showcases that you’ve taken care of routine maintenance.

4. Leave Remotes in Obvious Places: 

  • These days it is harder and harder to find a ceiling fan or other small appliance that does NOT come with remote activation. Although this can make ease of use for the residents much simpler, it can lead to confusion and the assumption that a component does not work to visitors and inspectors not familiar with the system or where the remote may be located. Make it easy for the inspector to test and evaluate systems such as the garage door opener, ceiling fans, electric fireplaces and other remote-controlled devices. Leave remotes in obvious places, ensuring they are easily accessible. This allows the inspector to test these systems efficiently and minimizes any potential confusion or need for a re-inspection to ensure the systems function, delaying the closing of the sale. 

5. Provide Helpful Notes and Hints: 

  • Feel free to leave helpful notes or hints for the inspector. For instance, if there’s a particular feature or unique aspect of your home that the inspector should be aware of, provide a note explaining it. Another great example is a note on a door that is hiding the electrical panel, or water meter. This helps ensure that the inspector has a comprehensive understanding of your property during the assessment, and doesn’t miss any essential items.
  • A great example of this is my own first home inspection as a home seller. As the homeowner I had a toaster oven that made a slight ringing noise when plugged in, so I installed a switch for its receptacle so I wouldn’t have to unplug the unit every time I used it. To reduce confusion for my home inspector, I left a small post-it note near the switch so they would not be confused by the non-traditional setup. As a home inspector, I don’t find these notes silly or belittling. I find them incredibly helpful, and they showcase to me that the owner cares deeply for their property. 

By understanding what to expect during a home inspection as a seller, 

you can proactively prepare your property and facilitate a smooth process. These simple steps will help create a positive impression and make the home inspection experience efficient and productive for both you and the buyer.

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