If you’re going to the effort of having a home inspection you want to do everything in your power to ensure its success. Check out these great tips that will have your home flying high through the inspection process.
How to Have a Successful Property Inspection
When you’re trying to get your property ready to sell or refinance, a successful property inspection can make all the difference in the world when it comes to offer price or refinance approval. With that in mind it’s a good idea to follow a thorough guide so you don’t forget important details when it comes to your property inspection and working to ensure its success. Don’t ignore any area of your home, inside or out, as insignificant. All areas could be potentially critical during the course of a home or property inspection. Inspectors have a tendency to look everywhere so make sure that all areas of your home and lawn receive a thorough inspection, cleaning, trimming, and pruning by you in the days and weeks prior to your home inspection.
Clear the Clutter
Now is the time to get rid of all the clutter from your home and lawn. Just as you’d prune the trees of superfluous limbs and debris in the spring, you need to remove all the excess and debris from your home prior to an inspection. This is a good idea to do on a regular basis regardless of an inspection but it is of vital importance as the day of your home inspection draws closer. A cluttered home often looks run down and as if it hasn’t been properly cared for. You want to present the perfect picture of good repair when inspectors come and this is an excellent way to make a great first impression.
Invest in Curb Appeal
It doesn’t take a lot of money to make a big difference when it comes to the curb appeal of your home. It does take a little bit of work though. Clean out the guttering on your home; get rid of any yard clutter and debris, and paint doors and window frames if at all possible. If you have the ability, pressure wash the sidewalks so they are bright and clean looking for the big day. Also consider getting rid of landscaping or design elements to your lawn that are of specific appeal to you. While they may add value to your home on a personal level, when you’re trying to sell or get an inspection that will ultimately set the selling price, you want to appeal to as wide an audience as possible.
Clean out the Cobwebs
It’s time to go through all closets and storage cupboards in your home. Get rid of clutter, clean out any cobwebs, fix anything that’s broken in them, and otherwise get them looking neat and organized. Whether you realize it or not people will go through those cupboards and make broad opinions on you and the value of your home based on what they see in these places.
Clean, Brighten, and Shine
If you have the money, invest in professional cleaning services for the floor and upholstery a few days before the inspection and conduct thorough touch up cleanings each day leading up to the inspection. This is an investment that generally pays off quite nicely for the sake of the inspection. In fact, professional cleaning for all the hard to reach deep cleaning projects in your home isn’t a bad idea at this particular time. If the budget allows for it, this is definitely worth considering. Little things make a lasting impression when it comes to home inspections. Fix what’s broken, clean what’s dirty, and put the best face forward from the time the inspectors pull up to your curb until they are exiting your home. This is one time when you can’t afford to make costly mistakes.
This article was written by William from Australia. In between surfing, cooking and supporting his favourite football team Liverpool, William writes for a home loan comparison service Home Loan Finder. Visit the Home Loan Finder website for more tips and guides on home inspection.
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