It's important to prepare your home for inspection. Here are a few ways that you can be ready for a home inspection:
1. Make Sure The Inspector Will Be Able To Access All Areas Of The House:
Check to see that crawl spaces are open. In addition, make sure that the inspector has access to other locked areas of the house. It is especially important that they are able to access the furnace, hot water heater, central AC unit, and other important utilities. When an area cannot be accessed, the inspector will include this with the report. This could lead buyers to believe that there is a problem in this part of the house.
2. Clean Drains:
If drains are clogged, this will be noted on the report. Slow flowing drains will also be noted. If you aren't able to unclog a drain yourself, it's important to call in a plumber.
3. Repair Exterior Rotted Wood:
Rotted wood on the outside of the house will be detected in a home inspection. This can result in a significant reduction of a home's values. There also are ways that you can prevent exterior wood from becoming rotted. Routinely repainting your house can help to prevent the rotting of exterior wood. Ideally, you should use water-proof paint. Homes that were built during the 1980s are often particularly vulnerable.
4. Check Your Radon Levels:
If radon is found during a home inspection, this can result in buyers refusing to purchase your home. Luckily, it is fairly easy to remove radon from the air if it is discovered. Therefore, you should have your home tested for radon prior to hiring a home inspector.
5. Get Rid Of Mold:
If there is mold in the house, a home inspector will find it. Therefore, you should have your own inspection to ensure that there is not mold in the house. If you find mold, it's important to have it promptly removed.
6. Keep Up With Routine Maintenance:
It's important to keep up with the maintenance of the plumbing system and furnace. If you don't, it's likely that there will be minor problems that are noticed during the home inspection.
7. Replace Light Bulbs:
While a malfunctioning light bulb is not a major issue for a home inspection, it can make it difficult for the inspector to see certain areas of the house. In addition, small issues like a blown light bulb can cause an inspector to suspect lack of routine maintenance. This can result in the inspector more closely scrutinizing certain areas of the house.
8. Get Rid Of Clutter:
It's important to make sure that you get rid of clutter that you find around the house. Clutter can make it difficult for a home inspector to examine the house. Some examples of areas that are especially important to clean before a home inspector arrives includes the following:
Closets: It's best to thin out large clothing collections. Also, remove unnecessary items that you are storing in closets.
Basement Walls: Make sure that you move items in the basement to make sure that they aren't directly leaning on walls. A home inspector will need to inspect the walls for cracks.
Closet Attics: Make sure the closet attic is accessible and not blocked by clutter.
9. Turn Utilities On In A Vacant House:
In addition to turning on the electricity and water, make sure that there is fuel available. The home inspector will need to test the furnace.