When you sell a home, you aren’t just selling the actual property – you are also selling a first impression. When it comes down to it, the old adage about first impressions lasting the longest is all the more true when you are trying to unload a home. A new homebuyer won’t want to make an offer on a home that looks like it needs a lot of work. This is why you want to do your best to prep your home. This is especially important if you have a home inspection team coming through to do a top to bottom examination. Here are five helpful home inspection prep tips for sellers.
- Make sure your home is clean. A messy and unkempt home will only create more obstacles for a home inspector. The least you should do is make sure there is a clear pathway to all the major appliances and structural elements of the home. If you are moving, you probably want to keep all boxes in one area – away from the wall and away from any vents. A home inspector will want access to everything.
- Make sure that your home is well lit. When a housing inspector visits, you don’t want your home to be dark and poorly lit. This means that you will need to replace any bulbs that may be burned out or missing. This is especially important in your basement where it is naturally dark. If a housing inspector doesn’t have enough light, it could create a number of problems. One of those problems has to do with sustaining an injury of some sort – the last thing you want is a lawsuit on your hands as a result of creating an unsafe environment for a housing inspector.
- Make sure that you ventilate and purify the air. It is critical that you take whatever measures possible to reduce indoor allergens and other pollutants that could be affecting the quality of air inside the home. If you don’t make sure the air inside the home is clean, the housing inspector may give your property a bad billing, which could affect the sale process. In most cases, you can purchase a stand-alone purifier – just let it run for a few days before the housing inspector arrives.
- Clean your ductwork. A housing inspector won’t want to go through dirty ductwork. Also, dirty ductwork is a sign that there may be something wrong with the rest of the house. All you have to do is hire a professional ductwork cleaner and the job should be done in a single day. Dirty ductwork can negatively affect the quality of the air, because when you turn on your air conditioning system or heating system, it could cause all that debris to spread throughout the home.
- Trim and prune trees and vines. You certainly don’t want your home to look like it has been overrun with nature – it makes your home look like it wasn’t well taken care of. Pruning and trimming will also boost the curb appeal of your home, which will make your home look much more attractive to buyers. In the end, pruning and trimming is easy – it also won’t cost you anything if you already have the tools.