How to Prepare Your Home for Inspection? When preparing to sell your home, many focus on cosmetic fixes – a fresh coat of paint on the walls, update the kitchen and bathrooms and even spruce up the landscaping. Do these efforts pay off? Absolutely. However, you need to focus your attention on the inner workings of the home and be sure everything is in good shape.
Below are ways to prepare your home for inspection.
Check every lightbulb in your house to be sure it works. If a bulb is out, replace it. Be sure anything battery operated that conveys with the house is working. This includes remotes for blinds and fans and that chirping smoke detector. The same goes for switch covers. If it is damaged, replace it.
Make sure there are no obstacles blocking a home inspector’s access to any part of the house, including basements and attics. If clutter blocks any access, some home inspectors might assume that the homeowner is trying to hide something. Prepare by keeping the house clean and free of clutter. Unlock all doors and gates throughout the house so the inspector can complete the report without any hassles.
If you have pets, it is recommended that you take them away from the property during the inspection. If you can’t accommodate that, make sure they are securely locked in a crate. The inspector will be opening doors, and you don’t want your pet to run away.
Make Obvious Repairs
If there are things you know are wrong/broken in the house, consider taking care of them before the inspection. The fewer repair items on the inspection report, the better for you. We are not implying you have to do your own inspection before the buyer’s inspection. However, any obvious things you are aware of, you should correct.
Before selling your home
You want your agent to be effective at reading the market in order to help you choose the best pricing strategy for your home. Of course, all factors depend on your situation; your house, your street, lot size, features, and renovations, and ultimately what comparable listings are currently on the market. Location is the one thing that you cannot control in the home selling process. In conjunction with condition and price, people choose a home based on the location and accessibility of the property. In many cases, Ottawa homes for sale are a bit more costly than average. However, homes are not as expensive as in Toronto or Vancouver.
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