Home Sellers In Redwood City: What To Do Prior To A Home Inspection?
If you, as the seller, have arranged to have your home inspected, you should plan to go with the inspector during the entire process. This information will help you when you are looking at an offer to buy your home. If it is a buyer initiated inspection, it would be preferable if you were not present. Being notified before had is important for any inspection. The real estate agent generally will schedule the inspection for a time convenient to both you and the buyer to allow you enough time to make preparations.
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Whether you, as the seller, or by the buyer, have arranged the home inspection you can take several preparatory steps, which will benefit you and help the inspection process:
Make sure the inspector can get access to all areas of the house.
Clear all furniture, boxes, clothes, toys and other personal items that may block access to the furnace, water heater, electrical panels, attic crawl spaces, etc. Inspectors will not enter inaccessible areas.
If access to your attic crawl space is in a closet, remove clothing, shoes, and other items. Not only might they be in the way, but when opening the hatch door, debris (dust, insulation, loose plaster) is likely to fall from the ceiling upon items left in the closet.
If you are expecting a visit from an inspector and prospective buyer:
• Ensure that filters are clear in air conditioners, heaters, vents, drains, etc.
• Clearing areas under sinks makes for a thorough inspected.
• Have the house cleaned thoroughly.
The fewer problems an inspector finds with the property, the better overall image the property presents to the prospective buyer. Obviously, it is to your advantage if the buyer hears the inspector saying, “Everything on this property is right except for a couple little issues here and there,” and not hearing a long list of concerns.
Additional notes to home sellers
The home inspector may override your timers or reset clocks if outlets (such as appliance clocks, outdoor lighting etc.). You should check them after the inspection to make sure they are reset properly.
Remember to allow two to three hours for the home inspection.
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What to do next?
To make sure your home is ready for a home inspection there’s an easy three-step process. Follow these easy step and you will ahead of the game of many home-sellers. These steps are as follows:
- Take out your cell phone
- Look up Cliff Keith’s cell phone number, (650-346-7366)
- Call Cliff immediately
Once you call we will discuss the best method suitable to you to get your home ready for a home inspection. I will explain your options and see if any of the options will work for you. If not, we will try to figure out together how to make your home ready for your property inspector, Call today as you will be happy that a major load has been taken off your mind,
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