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How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

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How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

A home inspection is an essential part of the home buying process. This helps the buyer find out if there are any significant defects in the home before the purchase is completed. If the inspection reveals any such serious problems, then the buyer may be able to back out of the contract without being penalized. These inspections also help in the negotiation of a selling price and can prove beneficial to both the buyer and the seller. A home inspection can take about two to three hours. Safety issues, routine maintenance recommendations, and all exterior and interior fixtures as well as roofs, walls, and appliances will be checked.


Government agencies recommend that only licensed persons conduct the home inspections. Before obtaining a license, the person would have to complete some educational and experience requirements as well as a licensing examination. The real estate agent will know of accredited home inspectors who will do this for a fee.


If you are looking to sell your home, the prospective buyer may want to have the home inspected before finalizing the deal. There are some preparations you can undertake beforehand to ensure that the home inspection goes smoothly.

  1. 1.Advance Preparations

    These inspections also help in the negotiation of a selling price and can prove beneficial to both the buyer and the seller.

    Being prepared is always a good thing. So, before you put your house on the market, you can ensure that it is in the best condition possible. You must pay attention to not only major issues like problems with the roof, but also minor problems like handles, knobs, and faucets. Ensure that you get the house cleaned properly as having a messy space can create an unfavorable impression on the home inspector as also the buyer. On the day the inspection is scheduled, be ready ahead of time. Home inspectors are likely to arrive on time or even earlier given their hectic schedules. Keep the receipts or invoices for any work you might have had done around the property. Don’t neglect the exterior of your house and make sure that is cleaned up as well.

  2. 2.An Unoccupied Property

    If your property will be unoccupied when the home inspector is due to arrive, make sure you leave specific instructions on where to find the keys. Besides the keys to the house, you will also have to leave the keys to the utility boxes. You will have to make sure that all the utilities are connected and the appliances are in running order. This is because the inspector will need to check all the heating and cooling systems, appliances, and plumbing. The home inspector will also need full access to the attic, basement, and garage.

  3. 3.Repairs and Fixes

    You must see to it that all the windows and doors open and close properly as do all the plumbing fixtures. If there are any leaks, caulk might help fix them. Any rotting wood or firewood that is in contact with the house must be removed. If your driveway has any cracks, then you can just seal the asphalt. See to it that burned out bulbs are replaced and the smoke detectors have functioning batteries. If the roof has gutters, then check to see that they are clean of debris and any accumulated water. If your home has a fireplace or a chimney, get it cleaned and keep a copy of the cleaning record to pass on to the buyer. Bath vents will also have to be checked to ensure that they are functioning properly.

  4. 4.Electrical Systems

    The electrical panel and circuit breaker in your home should be adequate for the requirements of the residence. You must have receptacles with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) in the bathrooms and kitchens. The home inspector is likely to check these to make sure they are doing their work well. Heating and cooling systems will also be checked to ensure that they are functioning well. The sump pump is another feature that home inspectors will check on.


    Keeping these guidelines in mind while preparing for a home inspection will help you appear more organized. It might not assure you of a completely positive report, but undoubtedly it will find favor with the home inspector.

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