The quality and smoothness of your home inspection depends greatly on the inspector’s ability to access all of the important areas of the home and be in a position to evaluate all of the home’s systems and components.
Below is a list of simple tasks which, if done by your seller, will make for a better outcome for all other key stakeholders.
- Request seller vacate property during inspection. In my years of inspecting homes, rarely has the seller’s presence helped the process and more often than not raises anxiety for your buyer and impedes the inspection process.
- Clear a path to electrical panels, water shut-off valves, attic hatches, crawlspace openings, fireplaces, storage rooms and sink cabinets.. Relying on the inspector to move furniture and other personal property opens the door for the inspector to not have needed access to everything or having a disgruntled seller on your hands when they seller comes home to find their belongings have been moved.
- Replace burned out light bulbs.Having light fixtures which don’t operate leaves room for uncertainty for the inspector and ultimately your buyer and uncertainty can lead to buyer indecision
- Remove animals and clean up yard from animal waste. Having your buyer exposed to barking dogs or stepping on a dog pile while walking the yard can marginalize your buyer having a positive emotional experience.
- Make available remote controls for fireplaces and ceiling fans. Don’t count on an inspector being able to find the remote control to the seller’s fireplace or passing the fireplace off to your buyer as operable when the inspector is not able to operate the appliance.
Bring it all together your efforts in doing what you can to implement these tips with the seller will improve the outcome of your inspection.