A home inspection is the examination of your property's interior and exterior condition performed before closing. An inspection is an important part of buying a home because the home inspector will verify that your home is in good condition and report any potential problems to the buyer. If you are selling a home, you can make the process easier by following these 10 steps to ensure your home is inspected properly:
- Power, gas, water and other utilities in the home should be turned on.
- If your home has an alarm system, make sure it is set to OFF unless your home inspector requests otherwise.
- Provide keys and codes to the home inspector for all doors, gates, garages and other entryways.
- The inspector will test radiators and other heating elements by turning them on. Make sure all furniture and other obstructions are out of the way.
- Clear the area around the water heater to give easy access to the home inspector.
- Trim any bushes or plants that are near outdoor water faucets and air conditioning units.
- Install new batteries in the smoke detectors and replace any burned-out light bulbs in the house.
- Make sure the inspector can access any doors to attics, crawl spaces and basements. Remove any excess items so the inspector can move freely.
- The inspector will want to test each electrical outlet in the home. Move any furniture or other items that may be obstructing these.
- If the home has a wood-burning fireplace, remove any logs that may be inside.
Selling a home to move into a new home is an extremely exciting time. If I can suggest the name of an excellent real estate agent to help you list your home, please let me know. I am happy to talk with you about your new home purchase and whether you will need to sell your current home before you can qualify for your new loan.