Many people make the mistake of thinking they are all set once they accept an offer on their home. But if you assume that you are free and clear – and that the inspection is just a formality – think again! There are many things that can go wrong during a home inspection that can create issues for the closing of your home.
So, how do you avoid inspection problems?
The best thing you can do is to make things easy on the home inspector. If you want to make things as easy as possible, you’ve got to do these 5 things:
1. Get out of the house
This may seem like common sense, but many home inspectors describe instances where they arrive at a house, and the homeowners are still in their PJ’s – leading to an awkward situation for everyone. Most inspectors arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time to set up. This means that you should leave at least an hour beforehand (and take the kids and pets with you!) to ensure you stay completely out of the inspector’s way.
2. Don’t try to conceal defects
If there is a defect in your home, the home inspector is going to find it. Besides the fact that trying to cover it up is completely dishonest, it also makes the inspector suspicious of your home in general. Don’t waste everyone’s time by trying to hide something. Or, better yet, make sure your house is completely up to code before the offer is finalized!
3. Make all rooms easily accessible
The inspector doesn’t want to have to move a large chest or a book shelf to get to any of the rooms in your house. Make sure all doors are easily accessible for the home inspector so that he can get through your home quickly and efficiently. And don’t forget about the attic and any crawl spaces! Make sure these areas are not only easily accessible, but safe to be in as well.
4. Replace all of your light bulbs
Although having working light bulbs is not a necessity, it can prevent the inspector from mistakenly assuming that the fixture doesn’t work, instead of having a burnt out light bulb. Check to make sure your light bulbs (and fixtures, for that matter) are working before the day of the inspection to avoid any issues.
5. Empty the washer and dryer
An inspector has to test these appliances to ensure they work properly. However, the last thing the inspector wants to do is handle your clean – or even worse, your dirty – laundry to inspect these appliances. Take the time to empty both the washer and dryer and clean out the laundry room as well so the inspector has room to do his or her duty. (The inspector has to test all of your appliances, not just the washer and dryer, so spend some time emptying out your dishwasher, as well.)
Although these tips don’t guarantee a perfect inspection, you are making someone else’s life easier, and ensure the inspection process goes quickly and smoothly. That way, you’ll be one step closer to closing the sale!
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