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10 Tips for Sellers to Ace Their Home Inspection

Updated: Mar 28



Attic with heating ductwork and clutter
Infrogmation of New Orleans, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0

The home inspection is a crucial step in the home selling process. It's where a qualified inspector meticulously examines the seller's property, uncovering potential issues for the buyer.


While it can feel nerve-wracking, a well-prepared home inspection can benefit sellers in several ways:


  • Smooth the Sales Process: A proactive approach can minimize surprises in the inspection report, leading to a smoother negotiation and closing process.

  • Strengthen Your Offer: Sellers who address minor issues beforehand showcase their commitment to maintaining the property and can strengthen their negotiation position.

  • Reduces Renegotiations: By anticipating potential problems, the seller can lessen the chance of the buyer requesting repairs or lowering their offer after the inspection.

Here's a step-by-step guide to help the seller prepare for a buyer's home inspection:


Gather Documentation:


  • Maintenance Records: Collect receipts and records for any recent maintenance work, such as appliance servicing, roof repairs, or plumbing upgrades. This demonstrates attentiveness to upkeep.

  • Warranties and Manuals: Locate and compile warranties for major appliances and user manuals for complex systems like heating and air conditioning.


Address Minor Issues:


  • Fix leaky faucets, loose doorknobs, or malfunctioning light switches. These minor repairs demonstrate a proactive approach to maintaining the home.

  • Replace burnt-out light bulbs. A bright and well-lit house creates a positive impression for the inspector.

  • Ensure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are functional. Safety features are crucial, and their proper functioning should be evident. Install fresh batteries or replace detectors if they a past their shelf date.


Accessibility is Key:


  • Clear crawl spaces and attics of clutter. The inspector needs unobstructed access to examine these areas thoroughly.

  • Turn off the alarm system and provide the inspector with the code (if applicable). Unimpeded access allows for a smooth inspection process and no callbacks.


General Upkeep:


  • Ensure good ventilation and proper temperature in the house. Weather permitting, open windows and doors if the house has been closed. Be polite by turning on the AC or heat so the inspector and buyer are comfortable in the home.

  • Tidy up the yard and remove any tripping hazards. A well-maintained exterior creates a positive first impression.


Be Transparent:


  • In the seller's disclosure, disclose any known issues with the property. Honesty upfront can prevent potential problems later in the process. If the inspector can address adverse items on the disclosure, it may minimize their impact on the buyer.

  • Be available to answer any questions the inspector may have during the inspection. Open communication between the inspector and seller fosters trust and a smoother inspection.


Following these steps, a seller can confidently approach the home inspection. Remember, a little preparation can go a long way toward ensuring a successful sale.


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