All sellers should prepare their homes prior to the buyer’s inspection. It will make for a better inspection an inspection report and is a benefit to all parties. Also, sellers can benefit from hiring a home inspector to come and inspect their home before putting it on the market. This helps to avoid surprises when potential buyers hire a home inspector pending sale.
Here’s a list of what every seller should do before listing their home on the market:
- Clean out the basement. Get rid of old carpets, clothing and boxes, anything that may cause an odor.
- Check for leaks under all the sinks, and get repaired if needed.
- Look at the pipes in the basement for any leaks.
- Check lights and change bulbs if needed.
- Provide access to all areas of the structure – attic access, crawl space, electric panels, water heater, boiler. If it can’t be accessed and inspected it will raise suspicions.
- Protect or move clothing in closet if that’s where the attic access is.
- It’s best to get pets out of the house if possible. Cleanup after the pets in the backyard.
- Assemble a list of improvements and updates, for example the A/C, boiler, roof, cesspool and water heater.
- Get a termite inspection and guarantee in place. Treat if needed. If the house is under treatment, why – what happened?
- Get an HVAC contractor to inspect, service and place service tags on equipment. Get all the filters changed.
- Organize the basement and garage for a good first impression and good access.
- Get shrubbery and trees trimmed away from the house.
- If aluminum wires, they should have a confirmation that it’s been dealt with.
- If there is any history of water in the basement, re-grade the soil around the foundation.
- If there is an in-ground oil tank, seriously think about having it abandoned.
- Disclose substantial issues (that you know will come up in the inspection). Old boiler, old roof, etc.
- If there is a substantial issue find out the logical approach with a price. Don’t wait for it to come up in the inspection
- If there are unusual situations in the house they should tell agents before the inspection
Taking these steps before listing a home for sale can entice potential buyers and increase the value of your home.