Most people think negatively when they hear the words “home inspection”, it creates anxiety and maybe a racing of the pulse.
It reminds me of the word “opps”! The word conjures nothing positive. For example: “Opps” the surgeon cut too much, or “opps” I put the landing gear down on the plane to early and caused terrible turbulence.
But it doesn’t have to be and shouldn’t. If you take a couple of preemptive steps, the process will go more smoothly and be less painful.
BE AN INSPECTOR
Grab a legal pad and get started inspecting your own house. Your goal is to reduce the trivial items from an inspection report that might overwhelm a buyer. Examples: dripping faucets, loose toilets, sticking doors, loose handrails, etc.
CREATE ACCESS & LET THERE BE LIGHT
If the inspector can’t get into a closet or to the attic or crawlspace, it leaves doubt. Ensure all light bulbs work. Again. Eliminate doubt and create a warmth for the purchaser.
Have a pest control company come and check the house. Having the certification and contract, that is usually transferrable will create a good feeling and confidence with the buyer.
Both interior and exterior. This will eliminate line items in the inspection report and show just how much you care about the home and well it has been maintained. The inspector will also come away with the same thoughts. Remember the first impression.
WINDOWS & DOORS
Test your windows. Get them to open and close and replace any broken ones. Do the same for doors. Ensure they open and close smoothly and lock properly. Doors or windows that don’t operate effortlessly or are sticky can give the impression of settlement. Nip that in the bud.
CLEAN THE GUTTERS
This also will eliminate a line item on the report and if nothing else, it should be done twice a year to protect your home.