Purchasing a new home may appear like a dream, however, selling your home can become an overwhelming nightmare. Before picturing yourself in your brand new home, there are a few tasks you have to complete. Home inspections are the examination of the condition of your home conducted by a certified home inspector. The report completed by this certified inspector will cover things such as the state of your home’s heating system, plumbing system, insulation, roofing, electrical system, and much more. No home is perfect and the requirements stated in each report may vary. This process can be time and money consuming.
To bring you closer to your goals, here are a few tips and tricks to impress your realtor in the first inspection.
- House Inspection Checklist.
Understanding the requirements of the home inspection is important to pass “the test.” Every report will vary depending on the condition of your home. Here’s a list of what the inspector will be examining during this process (provided by the American Society of Home Inspectors).
- Heating system
- Central air conditioning system (temperature permitting)
- Interior plumbing and electrical systems
- Attic, including visible insulation
- Windows and doors
- Structural components
Not to be alarmed, the inspector will not poke and pry between every nook and cranny of your beautiful home. However, they will be inspecting the condition of these things listed above and how these things need to be maintained/repaired.
- Fix it from the inside.
Complete a self-evaluation of your home after reviewing the house inspection checklist. They’ll be looking for unsafe conditions such as an unstable foundation, improper insulation, a non-functioning plumbing system, etc. It is important to recognize these risks to get ahead of the inspection. Does your roof leak when the rainy season approaches? How many times has your basement flooded in the last year? These are important questions to ask yourself before completing an inspection.
- Clean the entire house.
This may come as no surprise but it is important to state anyway. Clean your home. After evaluating the condition of your home and making the necessary adjustments, show it off. Making sure your home is tidy and presentable for the home inspector and the realtors will make this process go smoothly. It is a sign of good faith and properly represents your time in that home. Don’t be afraid to give those pillows an extra fluff!
- Make your house highly accessible.
Let your home inspector check everything. This process may seem intimidating. However, at this point, you’ve done the work. Your roof is sturdy, your plumbing is properly functioning, your heating system is up and running while your floors are squeaky clean. It will be quick and painless if everything is out in the open, even the beautiful flaws that every home has.
- Keep important documents with you.
Lastly, always keep documents on hand. Documents of your real estate and the process in which you went through to purchase or build your home are important. It will not only give you peace of mind but the ability to compare and contrast your buying and selling process in the future.