You need to understand that even if you decide to skip a house inspection and list the home straight away, in most cases the home buyer hires an inspector to assist him with the home buying process. Even if you sell the property without an inspection you might have issues with the buyers after some deeply hidden issues start to appear.
Just a few small repairs before the inspection could create an excellent report that will not only sell the house at a higher price but will even find more potential buyers. People love to see a report that only contains a few issues before they buy a house. No property inspection turns out absolutely perfect.
Here we will share with you how to prepare for an inspection
so you can have a good report to provide to people buying a home.
1. Check the lights
- Inspect all light bulbs and switches and resolve any issues you find. Regardless of how small the issue is, everything goes in the home inspection report.
2. Check all electronic devices (furnaces, microwaves, TVs etc..)
- If something does not work, and you don’t want to spend money repairing it, better remove it from the property so it won’t appear in the report.
3. Clear the property
- Get rid of clutter, dust and moisture, otherwise, the property will be listed as “uninspectable”.
4. Repair damage
- Make sure to repair any issues with water, heat, floor, windows, and doors.
5. Lock up pets and get rid of any unpleasant smell
. We recommend buying an air freshener before the inspection.
If we have to list all possible repairs that a home could have we would have written a book. To simplify, the more issues that you repair before the inspection, the better the report would be. On the other hand, buyers inspection happens simultaneously when sellers don’t have a report and in most cases, it impacts the price.
TIP: Never try to hide anything that is broken because the society of home inspectors has seen many attempts and all of them end up in the report. The first thought of the inspector, whenever he sees something like that, would be “What else is broken and hidden?”.