Tips and Tricks to Prepare Your Property For Inspection Before Selling It

Tips and Tricks to Prepare Your Property For Inspection Before Selling It

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Tips and Tricks to Prepare Your Property For Inspection Before Selling It.

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Guest Author: Austin Watson

In today’s competitive real estate market, many buyers are forgoing home inspections to make higher offers to beat other bidders. While many processes are involved in buying and selling property, one of the most crucial is inspection. The fact is that all property values decline with time. Expert property inspections look at all aspects of a structure, uncovering details that may be unexpected to the owner. It’s essential to prepare your property for inspection before selling it.

Sellers have the option and are encouraged to take precautions that will result in fewer issues when the inspection is complete. If you are familiar with property inspections and care fundamentals, you may breeze through the process and maximize your home’s profit.

Get rid of all the junk lying around

Decluttering has surprising support among home and business owners. When you have less to pack and arrange on a moving day, it’s much easier to get everything in order. Gather as many boxes as you need to pack up the kids’ toys, tools, culinary utensils, and clothing that you won’t need for at least two months before potential buyers visit to see your home. Depending on how much stuff you have to store, you may keep the boxes in a clean, dry, and well-ventilated garage, or you can hire a small storage unit. Avoid having everyone see them. Instead of packing up your belongings, consider looking for internet marketplaces where you may sell unused household items or furniture.

Alt text: A messy room with a spiral staircase.
Caption: No one likes a messy house, so make sure to declutter it properly.

a messy room with a spiral staircase

No one likes a messy house, so make sure to declutter it properly

Keep concealed places tidy

Your attic, basement, garage, and any other areas where you keep unused items will undoubtedly be included in my home inspection, so give them the same level of care and attention as the rest of your home.

The easiest way to prepare your property for inspection before selling it is to move things out of these places and into temporary storage. Using storage to declutter can make a big difference. A unit can be helpful when decluttering your property. The sight of overstuffed drawers, shelves, and closets is enough to put off any prospective buyer.

Examine your doors

To make sure all the doors and locks in your house are secure and working properly, you should take a stroll around the house. The doorknobs and locks, especially on exterior doors, should be tight. The latches should be properly engaged, and any doors going outdoors should be properly latched. It’s important to examine all of the doors, especially the ones you don’t use often. That’s because extreme temperatures can occasionally distort them and cause problems, even though they normally open and close OK.

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Make sure all the doors and locks are in working order.

Take care of the outside area as well

The inspector will check not only the inside of your home but also the outside. That includes things such as the roofing, siding, and caulking around windows and doors. You can prepare your property for inspection by taking care of the outside area before selling it. It would be best if you cleared the land around your home of vegetation, trash cans, and other items that can block their vision.

A yard of a blue house.

Trimming your trees and cutting the grass is advised.

Look at the roof of the building

How long has it been since you checked the condition of your roof? For many sellers, this has been going on for quite some time. However, it would be best if you didn’t forget about the roof when getting ready for the house inspection, and it should be on your selling checklist. Gutters should have accumulated moss and debris cleaned out, damaged or missing tiles replaced, and downspouts directed in the right direction. If there is damage to the roof, it must be fixed before the home may pass inspection.


Do not try to cover up the issues

This is elementary: Never try to cover up issues. If not through the inspection, the buyer will find out about them. While completing the seller’s property disclosure form, you must disclose any problems you are aware of. You agree to be bound by its terms by putting your signature on the document. Choosing the moral path will always lead to positive outcomes. When you act morally, you can never lose.

In reality, property inspectors are jaded experts who have seen it all before. Others will undoubtedly pick up on your suspicious behavior. In addition, the inspector and the customer will lose faith in you.

Remove any signs of your personality from the home

Buyers need to see themselves living in the home, not in yours, which may be challenging for some. Remove any identifying marks from walls, doors, or furniture, including family photos, vacation keepsakes, sports memorabilia, jewelry, watches, expensive technology, and even your children’s names. The buyer should be provided with an empty slate to project their dreams and desires.

Remove any artwork from the walls to make the area look more spacious. Bribing the youngsters and hiding the finger paints on the fridge will prevent a tantrum.

Replace the faulty light bulbs

Make sure every bulb is operating properly, and switch to LED bulbs if you can. Discerning consumers will take note of details like the longer lifespan and lower energy use of LED bulbs. If the lights are on when inspectors arrive, they will know that the power and wiring are functional.

Putting in more lighting is another great way to brighten up your home, and it might be worth the expense if you plan to sell soon.

Check that all utilities are turned on

Even if you’ve moved out of your home before selling it, it’s a good idea to keep the utilities on and pay the bills until the house is sold. There may be delays if you can’t proceed with the examination until you verify that the plumbing, gas, and electricity are all in working order. To help answer the topic of how to get ready for an inspection, we added this step because it is one of the most overlooked.

In conclusion

Inexperienced sellers often feel the stress of a property inspection. Just make sure to prepare your property for inspection before selling it. If you follow the steps mentioned above, you should have a smooth process without any issues.

About the Author:  Austin Watson is a former real estate agent who’s been in this business for over two decades. Now he spends his time writing blogs for various websites.