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Before you sell your home, you can have a home inspection performed to allow you to plan ahead for any repairs that may be required. After all, when the repairs are already complete, it put the power of negotiation in your hands, not the buyer’s. It is wise to deal with problems before selling or closing and will help your prospective buyer feel more confident about their purchase. Preparing for repairs reduces the chance for last minute surprises that could influence the negotiation of the sale. Here are some tips to help get your home ready for a home inspection.
Watch the time
When you schedule your inspection, keep in mind this is a concrete appointment not an 8 hour open window, like when the cable guy comes. Your home inspector will be prompt and expects that you will be too. Have everything ready to go at least half an hour before your scheduled appointment for an easier inspection.
Create a great first impression
As with everything in the Niagara real estate market, first impressions are key. Before your home inspector arrives, make sure your home is clean and tidy to showcase that your home is well looked after. A messy home may give an inspector preconceived notions about the upkeep and maintenance of your home, which could impact the inspection.
Provide full access
A home inspector will have a checklist that involves seeing almost everything your home has to offer. Make sure there is space around the furnace and water heaters to access them completely, as the inspector will need to have working space to properly inspect. In addition have keys for electrical boxes ready and be prepared for the inspector to view the attic, the basement, and the garage.
Ensure items are working
An inspector will need to test utilities so you’ll need to ensure that all utilities are connected and that pilot lights are on. Home Inspectors are not licensed to turn them on and may need to reschedule if they cannot make sure they are working properly.
Learn the true condition of your home
If you’ve arranged the home inspection as a seller, you’ll need to be present during the inspection. In addition to inspecting the property, a home inspector will inform you of the condition of your home, giving you a better sense of what needs to be repaired, helping you to get your home sold quickly.