How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

While a home inspection is often associated with the home buyer and making sure they know all about the house and its possible problems or defects, the home seller is a key part of the home inspection process too. It can be a stressful experience for both the buyer and the seller. Every nook and cranny of their house is going to be looked at, so it can sometimes feel a bit invasive for the seller. Also, a lot of homeowners are emotionally attached to their house, so having a home inspection can feel a bit overwhelming too. We can help with a home inspection in Burnsville, and we have a few tips on how a seller can prepare for a visit from a home inspector.

The first thing you can do is try to take an objective look at your house. While you probably made some improvements before you put your house on the market to add curb appeal, considering making some other repairs that might not be as obvious. For example, repair any loose steps or gutters. Look for and repair any rotted trim around windowsills or door frames.

Get some binoculars or climb a ladder and take a look at your roof. Are there any shingles missing? Is there any loose flashing around your chimney or plumbing vents? Consider getting those items fixed before the home inspection happens.

Then go back inside of your house and take a look at all of your appliances and home mechanical systems, like your heating and cooling systems. When was the last time you had them updated? When was the last time you did any preventative maintenance like changing the filters?

Finally, take some time to clean out your closets and crawl spaces. If you cannot remove all of the items stored there, try to push some of them out of the way or move them to another room temporarily. This will make it easier for the home inspector to get around and to take a look at everything during the home inspection.

Try to remember that a home inspection is advantageous for you, the seller, as well. You want to be sure your home is in good shape for the next owner, and if necessary repairs are brought to your attention, they can be fixed and hopefully the sale can proceed as planned.

For more information on how to get a home inspection in Burnsville, call AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service at 952-854-5110, or you can Contact Us.