Your home has been on the market for a short while, your Realtor® has helped you negotiate a contract that you and the buyer are happy with…now what?
The buyer will most likely hire a home inspector. A thorough inspection will typically include the roof, crawl space, attic, heating and cooling system, plumbing, electrical, foundation and other aspects of the structure. This includes ovens/stoves, built in microwaves & dishwashers. By taking care of some of the following items, you can ensure a clean bill of health will be given.
- All utilities must be on for the inspection!
- Clean or replace your air filter.
- Replace any burnt out light bulbs.
- Ensure all electrical outlets are in working order
- Ensure that all plumbing fixtures (toilet, tub, shower, and sinks) are in proper working condition. Check for and fix any leaks.
- Ensure all drains are draining properly.
- Ensure that all commodes are securely fastened to the floor.
- Ensure that all windows and doors are in good working order.
- Ensure that all smoke detectors have fresh batteries and are in good working order.
- Pull any landscaping at least 6″ away from the slab.
- Remove any debris from the roof gutters.
These are just a few things that you, as the homeowner, can do to help ensure your inspection goes well.
Of course, you can always hire your own inspector when you decide to put your home on the market. I have had a few sellers to do this and they felt more confident knowing that their home was in tip top shape when they were negotiating their contract.
I work closely with a number of area home inspectors. If you have any questions or would like recommendations, let me know. I would be happy to help you.