Save your Realtor some time by helping the Home Inspector.
Home Inspection suggestions to save some valuable time on the home inspection for you and your Realtor.
Home Inspections when done with diligence can take up to 4 hour sometimes more, often someone is on site with the Home Inspector, whether it's the potential new owner or the buyers Realtor, and that's quite some time to be used out the day!
Heres a few tips for the sellers and their Realtor to help speed up the process.
Ensure pets don't hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at the home.
Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, replace dead batteries if required.
Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a "Light is inoperable" on the report that may suggest an electrical problem.
Confirm that water, electric and gas services are turned on and gas pilot lights are burning for major appliances.
Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters, they should fit securely.
Remove any non-essential stored items from within rooms and against walls. These may be cited as "restrictive conditions" hindering the visual home inspection.
Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics and crawl spaces.
Unlock and provide clear opening to areas the inspector will need to access - attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawl spaces.
Prune tree limbs to 10 feet from the roof and shrubs from the house to allow access.
Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; window screens, gutters, downspouts and downspout extensions.
Checking on these items and areas before your home is inspected is an investment in selling your property.
Your real estate agent will thank you!
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