Feelings. We all have them. Most of us don’t like to talk about them. Sometimes they get in the way. But, they are what many people rely on when making an important decision. No matter how logical the situation is, if it doesn’t feel right we won’t do it.

Buyers and sellers go through a lot of different feelings when they are purchasing a house—especially if they are doing it for the first time. Learning how to help your client navigate these feelings and make a decision that is right for them is one challenge of being a great real estate agent. We want to help with that.

As with all home inspections, there is an element of the unknown. At HouseMaster, we like that—even thrive off of it—because we know to do the job right. We also know about the anxiety the unknown can cause for the buyer or seller. We want to help soothe those worries by doing more than just giving our word.

To do that we’ve created a quick guide to help sellers prepare their home for a home inspection, make the process easier for everyone, and put some of those angsty feelings to rest. Do just a few of these to help make the home inspections process easier for everyone. Many of these items won’t cost you a penny and can help ensure a smooth home inspection process.

  • Clean air ducts.
  • Clean gutters.
  • Clean basement entry drains.
  • Clean or replace HVAC filters.
  • Clear access to the attic, crawlspace, heat systems, garage and other areas that will need to be inspected.
  • Check electrical outlets and make note of any issues such as flickering lights.
  • Ensure all plumbing fixtures (toilet, tub, shower, sinks) are in working condition—no leaks—and secure.
  • Ensure bath vents are working.
  • Install & test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Put all windows and doors in working condition, including any cracked windows.
  • Make sure all utilities are turned on if the house is vacant.
  • Replace any burned out light bulbs.
  • Trim trees, roots, and bushes away from the foundation, roof, siding, and chimney for access.
  • Don’t leave dirty laundry in the washing machine or dryer. These appliances need to be tested and we don’t want to touch your dirty clothes.
  • Clean and clear the oven and stovetop so that we can easily test the appliances without setting off the smoke alarm.
  • Don’t hide or cover up items that aren’t working properly. We will find it. Plus, it makes buyers suspicious.