Avoid Making These Home Inspection Mistakes

When you’re selling your home, getting it inspected is a good idea as it lets you know of any repairs that need to be done and it allows you to be more transparent with potential buyers. While it may be tempting to skip the home inspection altogether, you’re much better off if you don’t. Here are several common mistakes sellers make when it comes to the home inspection and what you can do to avoid them. 

1. Not Preparing the Home for Inspection

Not preparing your home before an inspection can make it difficult for the inspector to do his job. For instance, if you have pets, make sure they are secure and not running freely around the house. If there are any burnt-out light bulbs, replace them and make sure all your utilities are turned on. 

Remove the cover from the breaker box as well as the cover from the furnace, as these areas will be checked. Lastly, make sure all areas of your home – inside and out – are easily accessible including the attic. 

2. Ignoring Minor Issues

Minor issues may seem innocuous enough, but remember, the inspector will note everything – even the little things. On that note, your home will make a better impression on an inspector and a potential buyer if you fix things like broken doorknobs, non-functioning outlets, and sagging gutters. Check to make sure no plumbing is leaking under the sinks or around faucets and if electrical outlets, smoke detectors, and toilets are functioning properly. 

3. Not Cleaning or Decluttering Beforehand

The inspector needs unimpeded access to all areas of your home. Furthermore, he will need to test certain aspects of it, so these things should be safe to use. For example, make sure your washer and dryer are free of laundry and that your stove and oven are clear. You don’t want to have to worry about setting off the smoke alarm or make the inspector remove your clothing in order to do his job. 

4. Trying to Conceal Defects

The home inspector is a trained professional who knows when you’re trying to hide something. He can spot defects and will make note of them on his report. In fact, if you try to conceal something, he may note that as well. The last thing you want to do is cause a buyer to lose faith in you or your home, so it’s best to just be honest from the start. 

5. Skipping the Inspection

This is probably the biggest mistake you can make as a seller. The buyer will have your home inspected anyway, which may leave you with little or no time to fix any issues that arise. Do yourself a favor and have your home inspected on your terms so you have a chance to make things right to get the best deal possible.