Before you put your home on the market, you need to realise that there is an 80% chance that your house is going to undergo a home inspection as part of the deal.
While any serious fault will not escape the notice of a good home inspector, in order to not have a home inspection report with a long list of issues, there are simple and inexpensive ways to minimize the list of items that might come up on the report, and therefore deter a prospective purchaser from buying the home.
It is important that the home inspector has access to all parts of the home that he needs to enable the inspection. If he (or she) cannot access the Attic or Crawlspaces, the report will identify this. These are huge areas of your home that won’t get inspected, and can be a big factor in your deal failing.
Properties that look unmaintained, general arouse more suspicion in a home inspector. If your property looks clean, it will put the home inspectors mind more at ease that you have looked after your property.
Don’t try and hide serious issues with quick fixes. A good Home Inspector will notice this, and it will arouse more concerns about what else might be wrong that may have been covered up. This may not be the case, but appearance is a major factor in a walk-through inspection.
Above all, be honest about any issues you know about with your Realtor. They are your best friend in a Sale as they are going to be the ones that honestly tell you the value of your property. If you hide something from them that you know about, you could be putting yourself, and your realtor at risk to a lawsuit should a home inspector come in an find a major issue than can be proved was known prior to the listing being advertised.
Here are 15 simple ways to reduce the list of issues that might appear on a report completed on your property.
- Ensure all services used in the home are connected and available.
- Ensure all appliances needed to heat/cool the home are turned on and functional.
- Repair any dripping faucets
- Seal basement walls
- Clean debris from gutters and roof
- Caulk around windows and doors
- Seal asphalt driveway
- Clean HVAC filters
- Clean the chimney
- Replace burned out light bulbs
- Remove firewood from contact with the house
- Clear access to attic, crawl space, and garage
- Ensure furniture doesn’t block Forced Air Registers or Air Return Vents
- In winter move any snow and ice away from downspouts and drains
- Have all documentation on hand for recent repairs and inspections