When you planned to sell your home, perhaps your agent mentioned “home inspection”. While this action is not necessarily required or mandated, the first and foremost reason why it is essential before listing the property is that it impacts the entirety of the sale. Fairfax County Home Inspection gives you a clearer picture of the current status and physical conditions of the home. You will be able to address major issues right away and the comprehensive report you will receive will aid in appropriate pricing the property.
You need to prepare your home for the big day – the home inspection. Some people it’s a tough job but it’s actually pretty easy.
We listed down 7 home inspection preparation tips you as a seller needs to know:
- Clean the house. No deep cleaning is necessary. However, a well-cleaned home also leaves impressions on the inspector. Clean the interiors and exteriors. Some homeowners forget that inspectors are people first and inspector second. For all we know, a clean home suggests how much you take care of the home. Never think that inspectors can see past stuff. No, they don’t.
- Be ready before the time. If the appointment is 9:00 AM, make sure everything is ready by 8:30 AM. Before the time is always on time. Next thing you know the inspector is already checking out the front yard. Yikes.
- If you plan to leave the home during the inspection, make sure that all utilities are connected. A home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination but inspectors are not just looking around. Make sure to turn on the utilities so the home inspector can turn on the appliances such as stove, air conditioning, dishwasher, and others. The electrical system will also be checked. Any hindrances such as the power not turned on can call for a reschedule, delay the inspection and ultimately, delaying the sale.
- Make sure to remove any clutter. The home inspector will need at least three to four feet of working space. This allows him to inspect the furnace, air conditioning system, and water heater. Remove boxes or any furniture that can block the space.
- Provide easy access to every room including the attic. Make sure to keep the path clear to give the home inspector access to the basement, attic, crawlspaces, and each and every room in the house. Secure your valuables and move all items away from the walls for at least two feet.
- Do not forget to leave the keys for exterior building access. You can label the keys and leave somewhere easy to be seen such as the kitchen table so the home inspector can check the electrical boxes as well.
- Make sure to provide documentation of renovations and repairs. Whether you just installed a new AC or fixed the plumbing system, make sure to provide documents regarding the repairs and upgrades done in your home. It helps give the buyer confidence, knowing that everything was inspected and that you are being a transparent seller.
The results of the home inspection can either make or break the sale of your home. Although it’s not a pass or fails, it will always be a good idea to hire a professional and make a proper investment by having a home inspection before you begin listing your home. As a seller, you need to remember that it’s not only what’s inside the house matters. Everything in between does. Fairfax County Home Inspection contingency rights gives the buyer the right to back out from a deal or negotiate based on the report.
Always make the wise decision, Schedule your Fairfax County Home Inspection Today!! Or call us 703-259-9192.