If you have scheduled a pre-listing inspection for your home, you will naturally want to get the most for your money. However, if you are not prepared for it, the inspection will not be a thorough as it should be. So, how can you ensure your property is ready to be inspected?
Take care of those repair jobs you’ve been meaning to do. Naturally, you will want to get the house ready to put on the market, but it will help if you can do it before the inspection. For example, trimming back foliage or trees that are situated close to the house will give the inspector easier access to the building. Inside the home, you should check that smoke alarms and Co2 detectors are all in good working order and that there are no light bulbs in need of replacing. These items can be listed as defective on a home inspection report, so it is beneficial to do it ahead of time.
Your home inspector will need to access areas that are not regularly used such as the attic, crawlspaces, and basement area. Make sure these areas are easy to get to and free of obstructions. You will also want to make sure that any doors or gates that are normally locked are unlocked on the day of the inspection.
Finally, keep in mind that your beloved family pets are often very protective of their property, which can present a real danger for home inspectors. On the day of the inspection, keep your pets in a secure area or away from the house altogether.