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Getting Ready For A Home Inspection

If you're selling your home, there's a good chance that your buyer will be looking for a home inspector. And, in Albany, NY, home inspectors pay very close attention to the details. You should expect to be away for a minimum of three hours, and before you leave, you should go through this checklist to make sure the home inspection goes off without a hitch.

Clean Up

The first step in preparing for your home inspection is to simply clean up a bit. A home inspector, just like anybody is already going to have preconceived notions about what makes a home "well maintained" by the owner. If you tidy things up, you make it easier for them to spot things (instead of it maybe seeming like you're trying to cover something up) while also showing that your home has been kept cleaned and nicely maintained throughout the time you've lived there. That will help the home inspector have confidence in the home overall.

Make sure that there is space around your air conditioner, furnace, and water heater for the inspector to look things over. Keep in mind that, if they can't get to it themselves, they may have the buyer call in a specialist to check things out up close. A specialist is going to be more likely to spot problems with these big ticket appliances that the general inspector won't, and it will further delay the selling process.

Be On Time

The home inspector is going to be on time, so make sure you are there to meet them. In fact, have the house ready early in case they get there ahead of schedule. The home inspector will begin by looking at the exterior of the home, so don't be surprised if you peer out the window around appointment time and see that they are already in the yard starting their inspection.