Time to Inspect Your Property – How Do You Prepare?

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Time to Inspect Your Property – How Do You Prepare?

So you’ve sold your house and now the buyers are going to do inspections. Should you worry? Do you need to do anything to get ready?

When you and a buyer come to an agreement on price and terms you want to make sure nothing goes wrong. Below are a few ideas to help make the inspection process go as smoothly as possible.

  1. Pets – Make sure all animals are off property for the inspection. No inspector wants to dodge the dog or let the cat out or find the snake in the kid’s bedroom.

  2. Turn on the utilities! Make sure everything is on especially if you don’t live in the property. Check the electricity, gas and water.

  3. Make sure all the pilot lights are lit – water and air!

  4. Light bulbs? Make sure all are working great. You don’t want the inspector to write up that you need an electrician when all you need is a light bulb.

  5. Check the a/c filters & vents. Replace the a/c filter. Clean the vents. You want no dirt or dust anywhere.

  6. Trim the bushes and trees away from the house. Make sure the inspector can easily get to all sides of the house. Also make sure the dirt is not too high around the slab. Pull the dirt away from the slab and the weep holes. Tree limbs should not touch the roof either.

  7. Smoke detectors – replace the batteries!

  8. Is anything missing? Are all the knobs on the stove and cabinets? Are the latches on the windows working? Where are the window screens? Any broken glass? Have the windows lost their seal? Fix the problems BEFORE the inspector arrives!

  9. UNLOCK!  Make sure the insepctor can get to every room, garage, outbuilding, breaker box, fenced area, attic, crawl space and if you live in certain areas… basement.

  10. Clean and straighten. A home that looks clean and straight will inspect much better than a dirty, cluttered home.

Yes, it takes a little effort to get everything ready before the inspector but it is MUCH cheaper in the long run!

Susan Hilton

Susan Hilton – Realtor & Sales Trainer for Century 21 Beal

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