How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

If you’re selling property, at some point the buyer will want to have your home inspected. Most offers to buy your home will require an inspection as a contingency; If the buyer isn’t happy with the result, they can cancel the sale without penalty. A home inspection can also be used by the buyer to negotiate a better price.

Naturally, you will want the inspector’s report to be as positive as possible, it is important that you prepare your home for an inspection.

home inspector with a clipboard looking at plumbing under a kitchen sink

What a Home Inspector will look at:

A home inspection is not a quick once-over. Inspectors have a long checklist to go through. Expect your home inspector to be thorough. They will check everything! Some of the areas a home inspector will look at include:

  • he Grounds<
  • Building Structure & Foundation
  • Roof
  • Building Exterior
  • Windows Doors & trim
  • Kitchen
  • Bathrooms
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Major Appliances
  • How can you prepare for an inspection?

    There are definitely some things you can do before a home inspection to make the process go more smoothly.

    • Clean and de-clutter: Your inspector isn’t there to judge the cleanliness of your home. However, if your home is nice and tidy, it will make it easier for them to get to all of the your homes nooks and crannies that need to be inspected.
    • Provide any paperwork you have: Your inspector will want to see documentation of any major repairs and/or insurance claims you have filed on your home. This information should be included in an inspection report, and in many cases it can be very positive. If you replaced your roof 5 years ago, you wouldn’t want the inspector giving their best guess and telling the buyer that the roof is somewhere between 5-10 years old.
    • Provide complete access to your home: Make sure you unlock all doors and gates, or provide access to a lockbox with keys. This includes garages, sheds, fences, and any other structures on your property.

    It is also recommended that you leave the property during the inspection. At the very least, give the home inspector plenty of space to do their work.

    Be prepared to hear that your home has some problems.

    Remember that the home inspector’s job is to point out every deficiency and safety violation that they see. No home is perfect. It is perfectly natural for issues to come up when a home is lived in. This is normal wear and tear. Even newly built properties often have a few issues listed in their home inspection report.

    Be sure to talk to your Realtor about the home inspection report once it is presented. An experienced Realtor can help you interpret the severity of anything listed in the inspection report, and help you when it comes time to negotiate those items in the sale of your home.