How to Pass Your Home Inspection as a Livermore Valley Home Seller

home inspectionWhen selling your Livermore Valley home, it’s very exciting when you get an interested buyer. You’ve negotiated a price and you’re ready to close, but first, you must pass the home inspection.

A home inspection can make or break a home sale. If major repairs need to be made, the homebuyer might back out of the deal or request that the price be lowered. Some Livermore Valley home sellers even choose to do an inspection before listing their home, so they know what needs attention ahead of time.

Either way, as your Livermore Valley real estate agent, I would recommend checking out these nine tips that MSN Real Estate said will help you pass a home inspection, straight from the mouths of inspectors.

  • Remove clutter. Make sure there is a clear path to electric panels, heating and cooling systems, and anything with mechanical equipment. Cleaning underneath your bathroom and kitchen sinks is a good idea, too.
  • Empty appliances. Inspectors will check the efficiency of your appliances, so make sure to take all of your laundry out of your machines ahead of time, take dishes out of the dishwasher, and clear the stove and oven. Cleaning these machines isn’t a bad idea, either.
  • Create access to the attic. If you have an attic, home inspectors would most appreciate you setting up a ladder for them. At the least, make sure that they have the space necessary to safely enter and exit the attic, such as moving cars or boxes out of the way beneath the entry.
  • Leave. In the eyes of home inspectors, the best Livermore Valley home sellers are the ones that leave during the inspection. Take the kids and the pets with you, and enjoy a day out. The inspector and buyer can talk more comfortably without you around.
  • Unlock doors. Your Livermore Valley real estate agent will grant access to the home inspector, or you will, but once inside, make sure other doors are unlocked too, before you leave. This includes doors to the garage, shed or crawl space. Disarm security systems, too.
  • Disclose flaws. If you know of any issues that will come up in the inspection, disclose ahead of time. Livermore Valley homebuyers will react more negatively from something you kept secret, which surprised them, rather than something you’re upfront about.
  • Provide documents. If you’ve had repairs or maintenance done on the house, organize the receipts in folders or binders for the inspector and buyers to see. Pointing out what is new and good with the house is always a bonus.
  • Change light bulbs. A home inspector doesn’t know if a burnt bulb indicates a wiring problem or just a burnt bulb, but either way, they have to report it. Save the hassle and make sure they all work!

Hopefully these tips will help you pass your home inspection with flying colors. If you’re looking for a Livermore Valley real estate agent to help you through the entire home-selling process, contact me! I’d love to help!

John Kurtzer
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