How to Nail Your Home Inspection

Whether buying or selling a home, it’s easy to think that the home inspection is out of your hands. After all, you’re not the home inspector! But you have an important role in the inspection process, too. Here are a few tips for making sure that your home inspection goes smoothly.

Choose the Right Inspector
Not all home inspectors are created equal! It’s important to select an inspector who is qualified for the job. Are they certified? How were they trained? How long have they been inspecting homes? You want a home inspector who can not only identify any possible problems with the building, but also communicate those problems to you in a clear, understandable way.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
It can be difficult to get a good inspector scheduled on short notice — instead, you may end up having to settle for a less qualified inspector if you’re in a rush. And sellers, get the home inspected before you put it on the market! That way, you’ll have plenty of time to make any repairs needed, rather than cramming them in at the last minute when buyers uncover issues in a pre-sale inspection.

Be Present
Sellers, you’ll want to be there to greet the inspector, and then get out of their way. (Prep ahead of time to make sure your entire
home is accessible, including attic, crawl space, shed, etc.) Buyers, it’s a good idea to attend the inspection if possible. Touring the
house with the inspector not only gives you a fuller picture than
a report could, but also gives you the opportunity to ask questions.

Read the Report Thoroughly
It might feel like homework, but it’s worth setting aside the time to actually sit down and read through the home inspection report. The report is essentially a breakdown of everything wrong with the house, and what will need to be done to correct it.It’s a buyer’s nightmare to get an inspection done, purchase the home, move in, and then uncover a major, expensive problem a few months later — and it’s a seller’s nightmare for a pre-sale inspection to uncover a major, expensive problem in the final days of the sale process. Everyone benefits from hiring the right inspector early and committing to participating in the process.

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Don’t Let Pets Disrupt Your Sale

What do you think of when you see your pets? You probably think of how cute they are, how much you love them, or at worst, you might wonder why they look like they’ve just done something they’re ashamed of! But when a potential home buyer sees your pets, or signs of them, an entirely different set of thoughts may be running through their heads.

Not everyone is a pet person
To the people considering buying your home, pets can mean a lot of negatives: Damage to the house, buildup of unpleasant animal odors, and allergens from fur and dander, among other things. Plus, some people are afraid of animals, so having your dog around during showings (no matter how friendly!) could literally scare off buyers.So how do you make sure you still get top dollar for your home, despite being a pet owner? The best and simplest way is just to stop looking like a pet owner.

How to hide Fido
By removing any indication of pet ownership from your home, you can effectively sell your house for the same price as your pet-free neighbors. There are a few steps to clearing evidence of pets out of your home.

Get a deep cleaning 
It’s easy to get used to animal odors when you live with pets, but for people coming into your home for the first time, the smell of dogs or a cat litter box can be apparent. A deep cleaning should leave your home smelling fresh and pet-free.

Remove your pet’s accessories 
Food and water bowls, leashes, toys, beds, and cages should all be stashed away during showings. It’s best if you remove them from the house entirely — home buyers often open cabinets and closets!

Dust and vacuum daily
After you deep clean, it is important to dust and vacuum daily to minimize the amount of pet hair on surfaces. Brushing and grooming your pet regularly while you are showing your home can help too!

And of course, remember to take your pet with you whenever you have a showing!

To you, your pets are wonderful. But to buyers, they could be a deal breaker. Give yourself the best possible chance of selling (and save your pets the stress of strangers in their space!) by taking them temporarily out of the picture during the home selling process.

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