How To Pass a Home Inspection With Flying Colors
The closing process when selling a home is filled with some potentially deal-killing checkpoints that your home must pass before it’s sold. One of the first hurdles is the home inspection. This process gives the buyer some assurance that the home’s systems and structure are in working order.
Based on the date you accepted the offer on your home, your buyer has a narrow window (usually 7-10 days) from the date the contract was signed to schedule a licensed inspector to check out your home. If the buyer wants to have any speciality testing such as RADON or termites, they’ll need to call in those vendors during this period as well.
What is the home inspector looking for?
The buyer has seen your gleaming hardwood floors and sparkling stone counters, but the inspector wants make sure that everything the buyer can’t see is in working order. The home inspection focuses on the home’s heating and cooling system, appliances, electrical system, plumbing, walls, ceilings, flooring, roofing, drainage and basement. In some states like Georgia, there is no uniform certification or licensing so home inspections will vary in the breadth of what is covered.?
What can you do as a seller prior to the inspection?
With a little preparation you can ensure the home inspection goes smoothly.
- Give your home a thorough walk-through, at least a week before inspection, use the checklist at the bottom of this article and make a list of repairs needed, either by a contractor or a DIY list for yourself. Then get the work scheduled and completed.
- Make a quick sweep through the house to be sure you haven’t missed anything, a day before the inspection.
- Get all of your documentation together. If you have any maintenance reports, drawings of septic location, insurance claims on the home, or anything else that will answer the inspector’s questions, leave it out; chances are he will use it.
- Make sure the house is clean, clutter free, and that there is easy access to attic, crawl space, heating system, garage and other areas that need to be inspected. Make sure these areas are well lit.
- Secure any pets.
- Finally, leave the house and let the inspector do his job. He will find it easier to work without you around.
It usually takes a day or two for the inspector to compile his report. Sit back and relax, knowing you did everything you could to give the best impression of your property. Properly will call you with the result, which will either outline additional issues or let you know your house passed with flying colors.
Home Inspection Checklist:
- Vapor Barrier
- Smoke Detectors
- Electrical Outlets (Lights, Switches, Outlets)
- HVAC & Furnace