If you have put your house up for sale and have someone who has already started the process of buying the property, you will need to have it inspected by a third-party service to ensure that everything is up to code. However, since you are still living in the house, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to help the inspector out and speed up the inspection. If so, use the following tips to prepare your house for its pre-sale inspection.
1. Clear Pathways and Spaces Where the Inspector Needs to Go
When an inspector comes into your house, they will need to look at areas that are usually hidden in order to see the condition of the home's infrastructure. They will need to see under the sinks to examine the plumbing, and they may need to get into your closet to access the attic.
However, if these areas are filled with clutter, they may decide to reschedule the inspection, especially if continuing would put them in danger from crawling over boxes or greatly delay the process from waiting for you to clear out the areas. This can not only delay the sale of your house, but it may also be an inconvenience if you had to take time off from work to be there.
To avoid this scenario, make sure you clear out your closets and cabinet spaces before the day of your inspection. Also, if they need to get into your basement, make sure there is a clear pathway to any pipes, the furnace, or electrical panel.
2. Remove or Loosen Any Access Panels
When your house is inspected for a sale, the inspector will need to see more than just what is normally visible. While looking under your sinks gives them an idea of the condition of the plumbing, they will also need to see what's behind the walls of your shower stall. Or, if you have a crawlspace, they need to determine whether the supporting structures of the house are sound.
Before the inspector arrives, locate any access panels to the interior and exterior of your home. If you do not have any small children or pets inside your house, you may want to go ahead and remove them the morning of the inspection.
However, if you do have curious kids or wandering pets, or if the panel is on the home's exterior, you can simply loosen the panels so that they are easy to remove. This way, you do not have to worry about your children, pets, or stray animals getting into the walls or crawlspace.
Using the above tips can help make the pre-sale inspection of your house go faster and smoother. For more information about anything else you need to do, contact either your real estate agent or a home inspection service.
Once you sign the sale contract with your listing agent, there's a good chance that things will start moving quickly. Your agent will want you to stage your home for the listing photos, open houses, and showings. If you've never experienced the staging process, you may not know exactly what to do or where to start. The information on this site will help you to not only understand what's expected of staging but also offer tips for you to maximize your efforts without investing a lot of time. I hope the information here makes your home sale process a little bit less confusing and a little easier to manage.