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No Surprises: Real Estate Agents’ Handbook to Home Inspection Prep

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Ah, the home inspection. It’s that nail-biting chapter in the epic novel of selling a home, where we find out if the house’s charm is more than skin deep or if its secrets are about to be spilled like a clumsy waiter with a tray full of drinks. But fear not, dear agent! With proper preparation, you can ensure your seller’s home passes its close-up with flying colors. Here’s your handy guide.

1. Educate Your Seller

First things first, let’s make sure your seller knows what’s coming. A home inspection isn’t the Spanish Inquisition, but it isn’t a breezy walk in the park either. The inspector isn’t there to admire the seller’s taste in wallpaper or commend them on their collection of garden gnomes. They’re there to ensure everything’s in tip-top shape. So, remind your seller to not take any observations personally and see the inspection as a necessary step to getting to the closing table.

2. Declutter and Clean

In an ideal world, homes would clean themselves. But alas, we’re not in that episode of ‘The Jetsons.’ Before the inspector arrives, suggest to your seller that they tidy up. Basements, attics, garages, appliances and mechanical systems should all be accessible. If the inspector has to wade through a sea of old Christmas decorations and forgotten childhood toys to access the furnace, they might just be Grinch-about the rest of their report.

3. Address Known Issues Ahead of Time

Got a leaky faucet or a suspicious-looking stain on the ceiling? Advise your seller to address obvious issues beforehand. Not only does it give a better first impression, but it also shows good faith. Think of it like popping a breath mint before a date – you’re just setting yourself up for success.

4.0 Keep Utilities Connected

Now, this might seem like Captain Obvious speaking, but ensure all utilities are connected. An inspector can’t check the stove if there’s no gas or inspect the air conditioner if the electricity is off. This isn’t a game of charades. They need to see everything in action!

5. Leave, but Leave the Essentials

Advise your seller to take a mini-vacation during the inspection. Maybe they can go admire someone else’s garden gnomes for a change. However, they should leave any necessary keys and access codes. Locking up the electrical box or the attic might be seen as a tad suspicious, after all.

6. Prepare Documentation

If the seller has had recent repairs, upgrades, or maintenance, gather up those documents. It shows the inspector that your seller is like that kid in school who always did their homework on time – thorough, responsible, and not leaving anything to chance. It’s a great way to tell the story of how well the home has been maintained over the years.

7. Pets

Fluffy might be the world’s sweetest cat, and Brutus might only bark when he’s excited. However, pets can distract during the inspection. Maybe it’s time for Fluffy and Brutus to have their mini-vacation too. A short playdate away from the home can ensure a smooth process. The inspector is a professional and will do their best to make sure that your loved one doesn’t get out, but they are there to inspect a home, not pet sit.

Guiding your seller through a home inspection doesn’t need to feel like herding cats in a thunderstorm. With clear communication, preparation, and maybe a dash of humor, you can ensure your seller is poised for success. After all, in the world of real estate, it’s all about location, location, preparation!

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