How to Get Ready for Your Home Inspection
If your home is on the market or soon to be, no doubt there will come a time when a prospective buyer hires a professional to examine your house. Here are some tips from Trinity Inspection, the greater Spokane and Cheney area's favorite home inspection provider, on how to prepare for a home inspection in eastern Washington.
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rty is vacant, confirm that your electric, water, and gas utilities are turned on. Also, be sure to clean out the area to access the attic so that a ladder can be placed by the home inspector to gain access. This includes removing clothes and belongings if the access is in a closet. Inaccessibility causes delays which could possibly kill the sale - a little preparation on your part helps make sure your home gets sold, fast! Avoid inconveniences by providing the key(s) for utility rooms, laundry rooms, sheds, electrical panels, and any other areas that a home inspector might want to examine.
A home inspector will thoroughly examine your house and inspect everything inside. This includes appliances such as the water heater and dishwasher, and utility access points for heating, cooling, and electrical. Make the inspector’s job easier by clearing a space of at least three feet around all such items and access points. Clear away any debris, stored items, and boxes
ing the same train of thought as the previous tip, ensure that your water heater, stove, and furnace are all operational. For safety reasons, a home inspector cannot activate the pilot light on any such equipment.
Most people love pets, but it’s a bad idea to leave them in your house during a home inspection. If you can’t take them with you while you’re out, arrange for a temporary stay at a kennel – unless you have a fenced-in area (separate from the backyard) where the pets can stay during the inspection.
Not only should your pets be out of the house, but you and your family should be too. It’s important that the inspector and the buyer be able to review the home and speak candidly without the owner around. Though it’s rare, it sometimes happens that a buyer will get cold feet due to the presence of a nosy or overzealous seller.
Be sure to clean and organize your home’s interior and exterior prior to the buyer’s inspection. A clean home, although not specifically noted in a typical inspection report, makes a good, lasting impression on the inspector and the buyer.
Along with a thorough cleaning, go through your home and fix/replace all burned-out bulbs, loose door knobs, etc. Home inspectors don't carry spare bulbs with them, so if a light bulb is burnt out it will likely be reported as a defective fixture - which could hurt your profit! As far as repairing major items (i.e. plumbing and the roof), we recommend hiring a professional. If that isn’t possible, you should be fully transparent with the inspector and explain the issue. Inspectors are trained to determine whether repairs were made by homeowners or licensed contractors.
If work is done to your home prior to the inspection, making the repair records accessible is a good way to show the inspector and buyer that you care about the home. Plus, it means one less thing the inspector has to ask you about or mention in his analysis.
If you have questions about the home inspection process, contact Trinity Inspection here, or call InterNACHI - Certified Professional Inspector Shaun Adams now at 509-385-4963!