How to Sell House Fast!: Home Inspection

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….

How to Sell House Fast!: Home Inspection by The Sweet Spot Blog

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!

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12 Responses to How to Sell House Fast!: Home Inspection

  1. Andrea July 14, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    Oh and have a good pest control guy on speeddial. We ended up not having any issues. But somehow at one point the access door to the crawl space was left off and critters got in, however brief (during our coldest winter ever in the PNW). They weren’t there- just their old evidence. But chances are you may need to provide proof of professional pest inspection and maybe a round of bait to to prove there is no activity. Luckily whatever had been there has long moved on. Pest control will most likely give you suggestions or try to sell you a more secure door to your crawl space. Use your best judgement.

    Electrical boxes- we knew ours was old but it’s still functional and we had a trusted reputable electrician give us a quote on what it would have cost to replace it so we knew what we would be up against if we had any red flags. The inspector knew his electrical boxes but confirmed that it was acceptable. (phew!)
    Same goes for furnace, water heater etc. We all know how items like that could be on it’s “last leg” but still last for another 5 years. If it’s well aged and you have time- find out what it would cost – might help negotiate (buyer credit etc) We did that on our furnace. It felt weird not dealing with it but we were done by that time.

    EEK! Nothing is like the emotional roller coaster of dealing with these final details. Holy MOley! We sold our house last summer and it was insane. I did NOT expect it to happen so fast! Granted it sold fast and then it took 3 months to close because the home owner had switched jobs or something like that. That kinda held up the inspection and had a domino effect on the process- then we had to deal with a few details. I honestly was surprised at how little major issues our old house had! We lucked out and had the most amazing agent with tons of experience and familiarity of our area. (basic starter home) But yeah- if you can survive the inspection- you are *almost* there… following any further negotiations pending inspection results.
    We had to rent an apartment while our new house was being built. But we also had our new construction inspected before closing too. He found moisture in our crawl space. I was beginning to hate crawl spaces by now. Nothing major, easily dealt with. But It always helps to get an unbiased opinion.

    I also learned that everyone has different standards and needs and just because you are “movin’ on up”, the buyer is also doing that from whatever they are coming from.

    I also learned- everything is NEGOTIABLE!!! (mostly) ;)

    • Corinna July 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

      Thanks for all your great tips Andrea!

  2. Todd Hutcheson October 16, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

    I think it is a great idea to get a home inspection before you sell so it gives the buyers peace of mind that they are not buying a house with problems. Have it out on the kitchen counter along with the info on the house. The $300 you spend will make your house sell much faster.

  3. Silas Knight May 24, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    Getting a home inspection is a great tip for selling a home quickly. You have some good advice for preparing for an inspection, like checking under the sinks. We are planning on moving soon, so I will remember this as it gets closer, thanks!

  4. Andersen August 3, 2016 at 12:02 am #

    I have never sold a home, and the thought of it gives me a bit of a headache. I can’t imagine having to keep my home tidy and squeaky clean all the time!

    I never heard of a city home inspection before listing a house – good to know!

  5. Lindsey @roofing contractors September 3, 2016 at 12:42 am #

    I also never sold a home, but still I found this information informative and may be it can help me in my future. Yes, I know that home inspection is very important for both the home buyer and for the home seller.
    Home inspection really works for home seller for selling a home fast.

  6. electrichelping September 9, 2016 at 2:44 am #

    I have never sold a home, and the considered it gives me somewhat of a cerebral pain. I can’t envision keeping my home clean and squeaky clean constantly!

    I never knew about a city home assessment before posting a house – great to know!

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  7. Christina January 12, 2017 at 7:17 am #

    It’s nice that you were able to find a reputable electrician who gave you a quality quote. Your experience going through an emotional roller coaster dealing with all the details is understandable as well.

  8. Orlando HBP April 9, 2017 at 9:41 am #

    No-8 (Run the faucets) is important! By the way, I will follow all these as mentioned above in detail. As always home inspection is very important for both the home buyer and for the home seller as well. I will follow these tips in the near future.

  9. Kathreen Miller April 19, 2017 at 3:19 am #

    Very informative post thanks for sharing such an interesting and informative information really helped a lot.

  10. Grant Williams September 29, 2017 at 5:00 am #

    Nice tips, including looking at pipes underneath the sinks.

    Another idea would be to have a friend who’s somewhat competent at knowing what to look for to go through and see if they catch anything that you overlooked.

    Thanks!

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