If you are planning to put your current house on the market to sell, you have probably found out that you have a lot of work ahead of you. This includes having a presale inspection to see if any repairs will be required and that the home is up to code. While this inspection can take several hours to complete, there are a couple of things you can do to prepare for the inspector to make things go faster and smoother.
1. Make Sure the Inspector Has a Clear Path
When the inspector comes into your home, they will be looking around in many of the nooks and crannies that you may not normally go into. In order to get a full view of the plumbing, basic structure of the house, and electrical system, they may need to get to access panels, under sinks, and into closets with ceiling hatches that have been closed for years.
To ensure they can reach these areas, make sure you remove all of the clutter in front of the panels as well as clear out the cabinets and closets where you know panels and doorways exist. If you do not, the inspector will have to wait while you do so, which will add more time and possible expense to the visit.
2. Ensure That All Areas of Your House Are Accessible to the Inspector
Along with clearing out clutter from pathways so that the inspector will not have to either trip over items or wait until you remove them, you also need to make sure they can get into the panels, doors, and hatches once they reach them. If there is a lock with no key to a door or a painted over panel stands in their way, they may not be able to complete the inspection or may need to come back at a later date.
Before the inspector arrives, make sure you have any keys available to any locked doors and entryways. If not, you may have to either have new keys made or break the lock and replace it later.
If access panels are painted over, you may need to pry them open before the inspection date. However, doing so beforehand will give you enough time to complete the task slowly to avoid ruining the surrounding paint or drywall.
The above tips are just a couple of ways you can prepare your house for the presale inspection. For more information, contact the home inspection service like Home Inspection Associate to see if there is anything in particular that they need you to do before they show up for the inspection.