Prepping Your Home for An Inspection
A favourable home inspection can mean a closed deal and money in the bank, so having it run smoothly is an essential part of any home sale.
Here are a few tips to make sure your home inspection goes smoothly:
- Ensure the inspector has the keys to your home, garage and all outbuildings, such as storage sheds.
- Clear space around all mechanicals, such as your furnace, water softener, hot water heater, and any electrical panels. Assume the inspector will need about three feet of working space. Remove foliage or debris around your air conditioner unit outside.
- Ensure that your attic and crawl space is accessible. Remove contents of closets if the attic access is inside, and clear an unobstructed path. Remember access panels for water meters and shutoffs also need to be accessible.
- Keep the exterior neat and remove tools and debris from around the foundation, to provide easy access.
- All the utilities and pilot lights should be connected and working.
- Remember that the appliances will be inspected, even if they aren't part of the sale, just to be sure the services are in working order.
- Make sure everything is clean and tidy. This signals that the home is cared for and well maintained. Leave receipts for any repairs or upkeep and copies of permits for any renovations.
- Be ready at least 30 minutes before the inspector is scheduled to arrive. Plan to be out of the house at least three hours. If at all possible, take all pets with you, or confine them safely in one room, such as a bedroom, with clearly marked signs. The last thing anybody wants is a lost pet.
Then, relax! This is usually the final step before the signatures and the sold sign!
Right At Home Realty Inc., Brokerage
5-920 Brant Street,
Burlington, Ontario. L7R 1J4
"Your Downsizing Specialist"