How to Prepare for a Home Inspection When Selling Your Home


About 4 out of 5 homes undergo home inspection before being sold, which makes sense because most buyers want to protect themselves financially. The seller may do the home inspection and the report presented to the potential buyer. In other cases, the buyer will send their own home inspector and the report will enable them to decide whether to go forward with the purchase.

When the seller opts to do the home inspection (or is required by state laws), it often presents an opportunity to make the necessary repairs and renovations that will boost the sale of the townhouse, luxury condo Seattle or single-family home.

Clean and fix

Cleaning makes a lot of difference in various parts of a home including bathrooms, kitchen, fireplace, garage, attic, filters, vents, and every other area that attracts and traps dirt. The cleanliness on the exterior of the house is just as important as the interior hence you should clean roofs, gutters, and the front yard. Cleaning spruces up any living space and brings back features such as tiles to life. It also eliminates bad odors that may be trapped in air vents and carpets.

You may know of a few broken or damaged items in the house that should be fixed before the inspection to make the home presentable. Some other problems may be uncovered during the home inspection but you should have at least dealt with what you know.

Connect utilities

Most home inspections take place when the homeowner is not in the house in order to give the home inspector enough space to work. In some cases the buyer may accompany the home inspector hence your presence may deter them for asking certain questions. As such, you should have your house in order before the home inspector comes and vacate the premises for about three hours.

Before leaving, ensure all the utilities are connected in order to make it easy for the inspector to test certain aspects. The home inspector will test the dishwasher, faucets, furnace, air conditioning, and the stove hence you should keep the pilot lights on. Notably, keeping the pilot lights off may lead to a home inspection reschedule since home inspectors are often not insured against this risk hence they will not turn on the pilot lights.  

Provide accessible workspaces

As you clean, make sure you also tidy up. De-clutter the home completely in order to create a conducive environment for home inspection. Areas that hold a lot of junk such as the attic and garage should be de-cluttered to create space for the home inspector to maneuver. Ensure that the home inspector can access every inch of your house by availing all the necessary keys to the garage, electrical box, and other outdoor spaces.

A home inspection from the seller’s point will end with a detailed report from the home inspector showing the state of the home. The seller may shoulder some costs or present certain defects to the buyer and accommodating the cost of repairs in the sale price. With that, you will now be able to sell your stunning horse property or condo at a favorable price.

Haden Armstrong