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Selling a home may be a complicated and often stressful process that includes a long list of things to do, such as a home inspection by a professional expert. Fortunately, a few bits of advice from the pros on how to prepare for the inspection can make the procedure easier for the inspector, and enable the process to run smoothly. www.rismedia.com/http://www.rismedia.com/…ask-the-expert-what-should-home-sellers-do-to-prepare……ask-the-expert-what-should-home-sellers-do-to-prepare…
David R. Leopold, owner of Pillar to Post Home Inspection in Fairfield County, CT, has many years of experience, and provides his tips to homesellers so they can properly prepare their homes for the inspection.
Inspectors arrive early
For starters, Leopold says that generally home inspectors arrive a approximately 30-45 minutes before the appointment time. They like to be greeted by homesellers who have prepared the house well and are ready to leave. Often however, when he arrives, the inspector finds that the house is totally unprepared, and the owner has not even started to get ready to leave. Therefore, the inspector considers the seller two hours late for the appointment, right from the beginning.
However, Leopold says that ideally, when an inspector arrives at a home, the owners are gone, pets are also gone or crated, and the house is neat, clean, and ready to be inspected, as if an Open House were scheduled for the day.
Don’t hide defects
Inspectors also appreciate homeowners to leave notes in problem areas, indicating they are aware of the issues and indicating what and when they will be fixed. Owners should not attempt to hide problems. They will be discovered. .Furthermore, If buyers find problems, such as covering carpet stains or mold spots. that have not been disclosed, they will distrust the owners and wonder what other nuggets are lying in wait to be discovered.
Also, Leopold says that all crawl spaces, hatches or attics should be identified, even if they’re in closets, and anything, such as dirty laundry blocking these or other areas the inspector needs to gain access to, should be cleared.
Change blown light bulbs
Leopold says further that even seemingly minor issues should be addressed; for example, if a light bulb doesn’t work, it should be replaced, otherwise the inspector may waste time inspecting it to see if there’s another problem, such as with the wiring.
Another cautionary note regards the locations of septic tanks and wells. Owners should leave a sketch of their locations so that inspectors, real estate agents, and buyers can easily find them.
Remove Dirty Laundry
Another request that inspectors have for their clients is not to leave baskets of dirty laundry in the laundry room or area, as the washers and dryers have to be inspected and inspectors don’t appreciate smelling or having to relocate, dirty laundry.
Leopold concluded his tips by saying that in the many thousands of homes he has inspected, only the very successful real estate agents actually work with their clients to prepare well for a home inspection; therefore, it’s important for buyers, themselves, to know how to prepare for a seamless inspection of their homes.