When getting ready for home inspections many sellers don’t realize what to expect. A lot of times there are things they can do to properly prepare for the inspection, to ensure that it runs smoothly, and to present their property in its best condition.
First thing that is important to know is that home inspectors may arrive early to appointments. They typically come early to get everything set up and often times even begin starting around the outside of the property without you even being aware. A general rule of thumb is to have the home cleaned and ready about 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time on inspection day and the home should be empty as well as pets removed or crated.
Although it generally goes without saying, cleaning the home prior to inspections is very important. Inspectors will often use the impression of an unkempt home as owners negligence of regular maintenance. Also, because its not unusual for buyers to accompany inspectors you want to make sure the home is still as appealing as they originally envisioned.
You should leave copies of receipts and repairs for items which have be fixed. This will present proof of maintenance and upkeep of the home as well as answer questions an inspector or buyer may have. Prepare for the inspection to last at least roughly three hours. The more prepared your home is for inspections the smoother it will go. For any questions or advice on this, please feel free to contact me at 305-525-7324.