Smart Sellers preparing their home to go on market should take a few extra steps that pay off nicely in the long run. Presenting a well-maintained home is key to a buyer’s perception and confidence in their home choice during a home inspection. Following this smart to-do list in the beginning will avoid some basic problems that might otherwise affect a clean inspection report.
- Service the HVAC system and address any issues discovered.
- Have a reputable roofer that you trust look at your roof for possible hail damage or insurability issues. Make minor repairs such as various shingle replacement, flashing adjustments etc.
- Clean the chimney and have damper clamp installed on gas fireplaces.
- Make sure your smoke detectors are up to current code – including one inside every bedroom and in the hallway.
- Check your sink and tub faucets for leaks, hot/cold reversal, and ensure drain plugs hold.
- Repair grout around sinks, showers and tubs.
- Re-caulk around exterior doors and windows.
- Make sure garage doors reverse properly.
- Confirm electrical outlets and switches have covers and work properly. Have electrician make any needed repairs.
Not only does this help with the inspection process, proper preparation helps the home show well to prospective buyers!