(Family Features) When selling a home, the process of an inspection can be a stressful situation. Even the smallest of faults can shed an unfavorable light upon your home. But there are a few simple ways to be prepared for the big assessment.
Here are some tips to get your home ready for this important part of the selling process:
Preparation Tips for You:
- Be sure to vacate the premises at least an hour before the inspection begins and plan to be gone for at least three hours.
- Keep pets and children out of the home for the duration of the inspection.
- Place any keys, garage door opener and other related items in an easy-to-locate area, such as the kitchen counter. Make sure these items are properly marked.
- Keep receipts for home repairs, maintenance and upgrades in the same area.
- Leave a note with instructions on how to find any hard-to-locate features to your property, such as a septic system or entry to a crawlspace.
Tips for Your Home:
- Show that you are a caring homeowner and tidy up your home. A messy home may give the impression that regular maintenance is neglected.
- Don't try to hide any defects. Inspectors will see these immediately and wonder what other imperfections you are trying to conceal. Be honest and leave a sticky note on the blunder that states you are aware of the issue and how you intend to fix it.
- The inspector will want to test your appliances, so make sure the washer, dryer and dishwasher are all empty.
- Test all exterior and interior light fixtures to ensure they're in working order. Replace bulbs if needed.
- Check that all window screens are intact and replace any that are damaged.
- Make sure there is a minimum of one smoke detector for each floor. These should be placed in hallways outside of bedrooms.
- Remove any items that may be in the way of the inspector, especially in places that aren't often accessed, such as the attic or basement.
- Review the route to outdoor faucets and electrical outlets to make sure they are easily accessible.
- Clean out debris from gutters.
- Check all hardware, including handrails and doorknobs, to make sure they are tightly secured.