- Perform a thorough cleaning
— You should roll up your sleeves and put in some serious elbow grease to clean your home and property up. Ensure you clear the yard, basement, and attic of any debris or clutter that could hinder the inspection process. Wipe down all surfaces within your home and tidy up bedrooms. You want the inspector to access each area with ease and put your best foot forward to show you have diligently cared for your home.
- Boost the curb appeal
— While things like mowing the grass, planting a few plants, or washing your home's siding won't necessarily affect a home inspection, it will make your property much more appealing to potential buyers
. However, trimming away shrubbery that is close to the foundation or other areas could impede the inspection process, so be sure to take care of those ahead of time.
- Check the gutters
— Removing debris from the roof and gutters with a pressure washer will make the inspector's job a lot easier and cut down on time spent inspecting the area. It will also help remove hazards from the site, and the inspector will take note and appreciate the extra effort. Again, this will give you a chance to make minor repairs if needed before the inspection.
- Test everything in your home
— Flip all the switches and replace broken light bulbs. An inspector won't know if a non-functioning light is due to a burned bulb or an electrical issue. Save time for yourself and them by checking this ahead of time. Also, go around the house and test each outlet. Install fresh batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors. Check the HVAC filters and replace them if necessary. Look for leaks around fixtures. Basically, leave no stone unturned