How To Prepare for A Home Inspection in 6 Steps

Do you need a home inspection but worry about what to expect? Whether it’s your first one or not, you may have questions, and Step By Step Inspections has answers. Don’t spend time worrying unnecessarily. Keep reading to discover six steps to prepare for a home inspection, and feel confident about the process.

How To Prepare for A Home Inspection in 6 Steps

1. Clean and Declutter Your Home

To prepare for a home inspection, you should declutter any areas where items accumulate. A messy house doesn’t mean a negative inspection. Still, it puts your best foot forward. You may want to list where things are located and ensure those areas are clean and accessible. This includes opening closets so the inspector can get a clear view inside, and clearing the areas around the furnace and water heater.

2. Understand What Home Inspections Include

Your inspector will look for any potential safety hazards, as well as general maintenance issues. They will also be looking to see if your home meets current building codes. More specifically, the inspector reviews the interior, exterior, plumbing system, HVAC, and electrical home components.

3. Repair Damaged and Broken Items

Now that you know which areas the home inspection covers, it’s time to consider getting them in working order. If your inspection uncovers problem areas, you may be able to negotiate with the buyer. Sometimes sellers take money off the sale price to account for repairs. However, you can also take care of any problem areas you already know about before the inspection.

5. Be Prepared To Answer Questions

Be prepared to answer questions about any work that has been done on your home, and have any pertinent paperwork readily available. The inspector will also want to know about any ongoing issues, such as a plumbing leak.

6. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions

Okay, this step is more of an after-the-inspection one than how to prepare. Still, we recommend you prepare for potential questions you might have, such as repair estimates. Additional questions may arise as you go through the inspection, and you shouldn’t hesitate to ask them. Our inspectors are happy to clarify and provide any helpful information.

Schedule your home inspection with Step By Step Inspections

Once you’ve prepared your home and gathered all the necessary information, it’s time to schedule your home inspection with Step By Step Inspections. We’ll provide you with a comprehensive inspection and a same-day detailed report. You can also add on additional inspections as you see fit. Get an instant online quote or call (843) 870-8726 to schedule your Charleston home inspection today.