Preparing For a Home Inspection

Home inspections can be incredibly nerve racking if it is your first time or if you have no clue what to expect or how to prepare. As with most things in life you only get given one chance to make a good first impression, especially when it comes down to your potential home buyers. However arranging for a professional home inspector to view your hand before your buyers can often be costly, and they may often tell you what you already know. Home inspection cost can vary significantly between organisations so it’s always worth doing your research if you would like professional help.

A house inspector will often review the quality and condition of your home in a full house inspection. Home inspectors are very thorough in their work and may be able to offer you solutions and advice when selling your property.

This also includes building inspections. Especially for offices or commercial properties that you may wish to sell. A building inspector will check every nook and cranny within the property so make sure you are on your toes and prepare for any building inspection that you may face, either commercial or domestic.

Nevertheless, in this article we will show you that a house inspection does not need to be a stressful ordeal. By following the simple and easy steps below, you will be covered. Set your property up for inspection success with these simple tips.

Step 1. Get cleaning

This is probably the most obvious step of them all, but it’s incredibly important to ensure that you entire home is tidy, clean and neat for when your potential buyers arrive. This also includes the garden our outside areas that the property may have.

  • Buff, wash, scrub and vacuum. It’s all worth it in the end.
  • Remember to clean inside wardrobes, cupboard and ovens.
  • Remove any shoes or bags from the entrance which may be a hazard.
  • Empty the mailbox and and bins. Keep them out of sight.

Step 2. Fill your property with plenty of light and fresh air.

Don’t forget to air out your home thoroughly for when the inspector or potential buyers arrive. Ensure that your home feels clean and fresh. If the weather is poor, you may just want to crack open a window slightly, just to make sure there is a fresh source of air flow throughout the property. Make sure that you draw back any blinds or curtains to bring in as much natural light in as possible.

Step 3. Hide the evidence of any pets.

Most buyers often complain about animal smells, or traces of fur that have been embedded into carpets or left of furniture, or even messy stains. Deodorise your home to help remove the smell of any furry creatures that you may have. Clean any possible traces of hair from furniture and  floors before stowing away any bowls or pet toys. Remove any droppings from the garden or any litter boxes. You may want your pets to stay with a family or a friend during the house inspection.

Step 4. Keep your valuables safe.

Regardless as to whether you will be participating in the inspection or not, it’s important to remove any of your valuable possessions off the property before the inspection. It’s not to say that it will happen, but if a stranger coming into your home likes the look of your expensive watch, it’s not a risk you would want to take.


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