When it comes to selling a house, the process can be a bit time-consuming. There are many steps that must be followed in the sales process, including getting a home inspection. During this particular part of the home-selling process, a prospective buyer will hire a home inspector to examine the home and make certain that systems within the home and the home's structure are all sound. It is important to realize that a home inspection can ultimately make or break the actual sale, so it helps to know how to prepare for it.

Be Familiar with the Job of the Home Inspector

During a home inspection, any issues with the foundation, walls, and roof will be identified. In addition, the home inspector will ensure that the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems are working. He or she may check additional appliances like water softeners and garbage disposals to ensure they're functional. The inspector will look for signs of mold, rot, and leaks, in addition to checking the exterior of the home. The results may lead to a quick sale, a rewritten contract based on the needed repairs, or a termination of the home sale.

Clear Access

Prior to the day of the inspection, ensure the home inspector will have full access to the common areas that will be inspected, such as the attic, the basement, and so on, as well as the HVAC system. By removing clutter, you will make it easier for him or her to access these areas and make the home more visually appealing for prospective buyers. Ensure the home's exterior can be easily accessed from all sides and that the home inspector can get near all doors, windows, and gutters.

Check the Roof

Before the inspector arrives, make sure that you are familiar with the condition of the roof. Take the time to clean the gutters, downspouts, and roof. If any repairs need to be made, make them. If there are any broken parts, replace them. If you fail to do this, the damage and repairs will be noted in the inspection report.

Make Simple Fixes

There are many DIY repairs that can be done around the home that can have a negative impact on the home inspection, such as blown-out light bulbs, leaky taps, running toilets, worn-out labels in the fuse box, broken steps, broken cabinetry, sticky locks, cracked weatherstripping, and more. Make these simple repairs before the day of the inspection. More than likely, you will be asked to make these fixes after the inspection, so it is better to do it beforehand so that it doesn't make it in the report and your home is seen in the best possible light.

For more information about home inspections and selling your home, contact a home inspector in your area.