How to prepare for a home inspection

When selling your home, one of the most important steps you will take is preparing for a home inspection. A home inspection is an evaluation of your home’s condition, including its structural integrity, plumbing, electrical systems, heating and cooling, and more. Here are some steps to help you prepare for a home inspection:

  1. Deactivate all security alarm systems.
  2. Remove items that may restrict access or movement in the attic, crawlspaces, or other areas.
  3. Unlock or remove locks from gates, closets, or doors.
  4. Clear under cabinet/sink areas for access to plumbing fixtures.
  5. Make sure the electrical panel is accessible.
  6. Move stored items away from the exterior foundation.
  7. If applicable, do not use fireplaces/woodstoves the evening before or the day of inspection. They should be cool and cleaned for inspection.
  8. Confirm that all utilities (electric, water, gas, etc) are all turned on.
  9. Pilot lights for water heaters, fireplaces, etc should be lit.
  10. Have in-floor heating turned on for several hours prior to the inspection.
  11. If possible, leave out any building permits, special instructions, manuals, or operating tips to help ensure they can review and test all necessary items.

Once the inspection is complete, it typically takes until the following day before your agent will get any results. Very few homes come back with perfect inspections. Once the results are in, the buyer may decide not to waive the condition, and the offer will be void. They may ask to negotiate price or repairs, or they may accept the results as they are.