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  • Writer's pictureChristopher King

Preparing for a Home Inspection: A Guide for Home Buyers & Sellers

Updated: Apr 22

Are you a home buyer or seller in the Greater Charlotte Area of NC & SC? If so, you're likely to encounter a home inspection as part of your purchase process. Preparing for this critical step can be the key to a smooth transition into your new home. Here's a practical guide from King's Guard Home Inspections to help you prepare for a successful home inspection.


Understand the Inspection Process


Before anything else, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what a home inspection entails. A professional inspector will evaluate the physical condition of the home and its systems, from the roof to the foundation. They will check the functionality of major appliances, the integrity of the structure, and much more. More information can be found on our website here.


Be Present and Prepared


As a buyer, attending the inspection is beneficial. It allows you to see first-hand the inspector's findings and ask questions. Bring a notepad and pen to jot down notes, or use your phone to take pictures for reference. Make sure to leave yourself enough time for a verbal summary of findings with your inspector and ask any and all questions.


Ensure Accessibility


The home inspector will need to access various points around the home. Sellers should make sure to provide clear access by decluttering and cleaning. This includes areas such as the furnace filter, stove, oven, attic, and any closets that contain inspection points. Also be sure to have critical areas unlocked and accessible such as crawlspaces and attics, and access points for the hot water heater and electrical panels should have adequate working space for the inspection.


Check Major Systems and Appliances


As a seller, it is best to test your major systems and appliances to ensure they are in working order prior to the inspection. This includes checking that all toilets flush properly, faucets run without leaks, check all windows and doors open, close, lock, and seal correctly, test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change batteries if needed, test all switches and fans, replace burnt out light bulbs, and take care of any pest infestations. These minor repairs now will help cut down on defects found during the home inspection.


Curb Appeal Matters


Even though the inspection is mainly about the functionality of the home, Sellers should not overlook the exterior. Walk the perimeter and address any visible cracks in brick mortar or issues with the foundation with a qualified contractor, as these can raise immediate red flags for potential buyers. Roofs and gutters should be cleared of debri and the foundation perimeter should be evaluated for any standing water or other grading concerns. Also, don't forget to look over all wood components and repair any damaged wood and peeling/flaking paint, as well as checking all sealant points and caulking as needed.


Tackle Pre-Listing Repairs


As a Seller, if you had a pre-listing inspection or your agent pointed out potential issues, address these repairs before the official inspection. This proactive approach can save you time and strengthen your negotiating position.


Final Touches


As the inspection day approaches, it's advisable for Sellers to be ready at least two hours before the inspector's arrival, as many tend to be early. Additionally, ensure the home is as clean as you would for a significant guest; a tidy home will help the inspector, as well as impress the Buyers and agents who will likely attend the inspection.


By following these steps, you'll be well on your way to a successful home inspection. Remember, King's Guard Home Inspections is here to assist you with all your home inspection needs in the Greater Charlotte Area. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an inspection, feel free to reach out.


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