We have spent the past few weeks prepping our house to sell, and now have a signed contact! While we are very excited, we also realize that it is crunch time. Now we need to get ready for the home inspection….
The good news is that if you have been following along with our ‘How to Sell House Fast!’ series, then you are nearly ready. Here is a list a a few extra things you will want to prepare for your home inspection.
1. Service HVAC units: Call a service professional to check and clean your A/C and heating units. They will make sure that everything is running smoothly and will provide a report that you can share with your home inspector.
2. New HVAC filters: Your filter can never be too clean for the home inspector!
3. Clean the drains: Even though you did this in an earlier step of our series, you want to snake out all the hair from each of your sinks and give them a dose of Draino. In my husband’s bathroom sink I only found 3 hairs since the last cleaning…but for some reason my sink drain was full again!
4. Check under sinks: Make sure there is no moisture under your sinks. If there is, tighten the pipes to stop the leaks. I hand-tightened my pipes just to be sure and found one that was a little lose, but not yet leaking.
5. Re-Freshen appliances: In Part 4 of this series, we freshened the garbage disposal, washing machine, and dish washer. If it has been more than 2 weeks since you completed this task, I would recommend doing it once more (sorry).
6. Smoke detectors: Test to make sure all smoke detectors are working properly. Change batteries if necessary.
7. Flush the toilets: Flush each of the toilets an hour before the inspector arrives.
8. Run the faucets: Run both hot and cold water in each of your faucets just before the inspector arrives. This includes tubs and showers.
9. Stage house: Prepare your house for the inspection in the same way you prepped for a showing. You want to impress the inspector too! Also know that the potential buyer may attend the inspection and you want them to remain excited about purchasing your house.
It is best if you are home during the inspection so you can answer any questions as they arise. You will also be able to quickly give the inspector access to the attic and electrical box. I find this stage in selling a house to be the most stressful…since I am in the least control, however the result is sure to be positive if each step in this series has been followed!
Be sure to ‘pin’ this post so you have it handy when preparing for a home inspection. Good luck!