Get Your Home
Inspection Ready

Speed up your home sale by preparing your home ahead of time. Follow the below tips or better yet, get a pre-listing home inspection. Your home's inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns for the buyer to delay closing.

A pre-listing home inspection is a must before you list your home for sale. It allows you to streamline and accelerate the selling process and prevent closing delays. The home inspection is the part of the transaction where more sales fall through. So at Worthy Inspections, we offer pre-listing home inspection services to help you get a clear idea about the condition of your house, including any problems that need to be fixed before you list it.

With our pre-listing home inspections, you will get all the facts and details you need to make an informed decision about what repairs you want to make and also helps with establishing the right price for your home. Here are some helpful tips to get your home ready for your buyer's inspection.

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Before Listing

Make sure to do these things before putting your home on the market.

  • Go through the whole property and jot down anything you see, smell, or hear that could raise questions. Any item that appears to be an issue will be further investigated by an inspector. For example, a musty smell or a loud heater can warrant additional examination just as easily as a wet spot on the ceiling.
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure its functionality and replace batteries if required. Make sure to install smoke detectors in every bedroom and all living areas and carbon monoxide detectors in hallways common to bedrooms and on each level of the house.
  • Perform minor repairs like replacing broken door knobs and locks, cracked light covers, and patch nail holes. Paint any exposed exterior wood, clean the gutters, and make sure they are in working condition. Also, replace any missing or broken window screens.
  • Trim trees that are close to your home and make sure they are at least 10 feet away from your roof. Trim shrubs that are close to your home’s siding. They may hold moisture or hide pests that can cause problems to your home’s exterior.
  • Clean or replace dirty HVAC filters. During the professional inspection, the inspector will test the HVAC system, and if it is clogged, they cannot determine the exact performance of your HVAC system.
  • Check the plumbing system. Make sure you have no running toilets, leaking faucets, and standing water. Consult a professional if you cannot fix these issues.
  • Check for any burned-out lights and replace them.
  • Check for any signs of mildew or mold in the damp areas of your home. You will need to fix such issues before selling your home. Re-caulking your bathroom is also a good idea to prevent mold and water damage.
  • Make sure the areas around your foundation are free of debris and wood.
  • Schedule a pre-listing home inspection with a professional to ensure you are not missing anything. A home inspector knows best what will be called out on your buyer's inspection report.

Before Inspection

Once you have a buyer and their home inspection is scheduled, follow these tips to get your home ready for the home inspector.

  • Make sure to turn on all utilities, including water, power, and gas. The home inspector cannot inspect these things if they are not turned on. If the home is not being lived in, the utility company may take a few days to turn on service, so make sure to request these services in advance. Also, be sure to light all pilot lights in the home.
  • Take your indoor pets out during the inspection. If you cannot remove your pets, at least inform the home inspector about them and where they are in your home.
  • Make sure to provide access to the entire house and property so that the home inspector can thoroughly inspect your home. Remove all items that block access to electrical service panels, HVAC equipment, water heater, and attic and crawlspace. If any of these are difficult to find in your home, inform the home inspector about their locations. Unlock all areas, including outside buildings and exterior gates.
  • Make sure the dishwasher and oven are empty and clean, as the home inspector will test them.
  • Gather warranties, receipts, and maintenance information. This will help the buyer know when the last time you had your HVAC system serviced or roof repaired.