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How to prepare your home for the dreaded home inspection

Preparing your home for the inspection

Congratulations! You’ve found a buyer for your home, they’ve qualified for a home loan, and all that’s left to do is the home inspection. Contracts for homes for sale in Nanaimo are often contingent on the buyer approving the inspection results. If they find things that need to be repaired, they can ask you to fix them or try to get a lower selling price than what was originally agreed to.

Your goal is to make the inspection go as smoothly as possible and keep any last minute issues from popping up. Here’s how to prepare for your home inspection and turn it from dreaded to pleasant.

Three general areas of a home inspection

Home inspectors are licensed and trained professionals who usually have a background in home construction or repair. There are three general areas of a home that inspectors review:

  • Appliances: If appliances such as the refrigerator, washer and dryer, or dishwasher were included as part of the sale the home inspector will make sure they are in good working order.
  • Systems: Major systems like heating and cooling, plumbing and electric, will be checked to make sure they’re operating properly. 
  • Structural: Home inspectors will look at the roof and foundation, doors and windows, and the basement and attic for warning signs such as water leaks, rodent damage, or mold growth.

How to make your home inspection go smoothly

Those are the general areas that professionals who inspect homes for sale in Nanaimo look in. Sellers who are aware of problems in these areas should make any needed repairs before the home inspection is conducted.

In addition to fixing things that need fixing, there are 10 things you can do to make sure your home inspection goes smoothly:

  1. Clean your house – this makes a good first impression on the home inspector and sends the message that you take care of your home.
  2. Leave utilities on – home inspectors need to check all parts of the home to make sure everything is functioning properly regardless of the season. For example, if your home inspection is being done in the middle of summer the inspector will still want to turn on the furnace to ensure it’s heating the way it should.
  3. Keep pilot lights lit – many home inspectors refuse to light unlit pilot lights for liability and safety reasons. To avoid having to reschedule the home inspection make sure pilot lights are turned on.
  4. Remove clutter – make it easy for the home inspector to access closet interiors, corners of the garage, and the areas around the furnace and water heater.
  5. Attic, garage, and basement access – your home inspector will need to go into the attic and basement to check for water leaks and potential structural problems. Move any boxes or items stored in these areas to the middle of the space to create a clear path for the inspector.
  6. Leave keys hidden – if you won’t be there for your home inspector be sure to leave house keys, keys to outbuildings, and garage openers stored in a secured place. 
  7. Clean up brush and debris outside – the home inspector also needs to check the outside walls, roof, and foundation for potential problems. Remove any debris and trim back any overgrown plants or trees to provide easy access to the outside areas of your home.
  8. Past repair documents – a file of past repairs, home upgrades such as electrical or plumbing, and receipts for appliances show your buyer and inspector what was done when, and that all work was done professionally.
  9. Allow enough time – home inspections can take up to three hours to complete. Schedule enough time if you’re going to be out of the house, and don’t forget about taking the kids and pets with you.

Relax and get ready to close

You’ve just prepared your home for the ‘dreaded’ home inspection. Remember, it’s common for most inspectors to find a few minor issues during a home inspection. Most buyers are not expecting everything to be 100% perfect.

So, step back, relax, and take a deep breath. Closing on the sale of your home in Nanaimo is just around the corner.

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