As a seller, completing repairs and making sure your home is in great condition before listing is key to a successful sale. Before going on the market or contacting an agent, some sellers may request a pre-listing inspection. This approach will give you the guidance of an inspection report so you can better utilize your time and resources in making home repairs. Before your inspection appointment, you should take these steps:
- Check to make sure all light bulbs are replaced and working.
- Fix faucets so none are dripping or broken.
- Check caulking in the bathrooms to make sure it is in good condition.
- De-clutter rooms by removing extra furniture, personal items, and excess clothing.
- Change your furnace filter.
- Clean out gutters.
- If the property is vacant: make sure all utilities are on.
- Light the pilot light on stoves, furnaces, and water heaters.
- Remove boxes, stored items, or debris from in front of attic entrances, electrical panels, and HVAC units.
- Have pets secured in a kennel or gated away.
Be prepared to be away for approximately three hours. Once you have the report in hand, you can tackle areas documented as “defective.” Your agent and future buyers will be glad you took the time!