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Real Estate Tips - Home Inspections

Many people are so relieved to finally get an offer for their home and a signed contract for purchase. However experienced Realtors know it is not time to relax until the final closing papers are signed. There are still many steps to complete and both you and your Realtor need to stay on top of what is required to make the rest of the way a smooth process.

One of those is the home inspection. In addition to the good tips shared in this article, I strongly recommend the homeowner be present during the inspection to take care of any concerns or issues right on the spot before they potentially become a big issue. It can be as simple as showing the inspector a switch that is hard to find or explaining why a water valve is kept turned off. This is not a time to have anything of concern come up, especially if the buyer is having second thoughts.

As an experienced Realtor, I do my best to help my clients avoid deal breakers and make the closing process go smoothly.

Debra Miller

Get Organized Before Your Buyer's Home Inspector Arrives

by Mark Nash

You've just sighed the relief of having an fully executed sales contract, but you need to get prepared for the real do-or-die; the home inspection. Taking some steps to prepare your home for the inspector can help curtail overly long inspections and ease buyer anxiety.

  • Clear access to the furnace filters and access panel. Don't forget to change it.
  • Relocate pets and children off-site for the inspection. Barking and roaming dogs can distract and frustrate home inspectors. Little children and misplaced toys can cause accidents, be pro-active.
  • Find all the keys to all the doors, especially in condominium buildings. Some inspectors want to see building boilers and the roof. Ask your homeowners association representative or building engineer beforehand how you can gain access. If your electric panel isn't inside your unit, find out where it is.
  • Remove any obstacles to your electric panel, don't be alarmed when the inspector takes off the outside panel to get a better look.
  • Make water shut-offs accessible. Find the main gas and water line shut-offs.
  • Clean out wood burning fireplaces and wood stoves. Black soot is hard to get out of clothes. Find the key for the gas logs or starter.
  • Locate shut offs for gas fireplaces and grills.
  • In new construction make sure all appliances are connected and ready to be tested.
  • Find access panels for motors that run whirlpool and Jacuzzi tubs.
  • Uncover manhole covers for septic tanks and grease traps in the yard.
  • Make available a list of recent improvements and the year they were done. If you remove energy rating stickers, keep with manuals.
  • Require inspections to be done during daylight to prevent follow-up re-inspections. Open shades and blinds, inspectors will raise and lower windows and screens.
  • Test the garage door opener and safety features.
  • Install smoke and monoxide detectors.
Mark Nash is the author of "Fundamentals of Marketing for the Real Estate Professional", "Starting & Succeeding in Real Estate", "Reaching Out: The Financial Power of Niche Marketing", and "1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home". Mark is a contributing writer for: Realtor (R) Magazine Online, Broker Agent News, Real Estate Executive Magazine, Principal Broker, and Realty Times. His tried and true real estate tips has been featured on CBS The Early Show, CNN,, The New York Times, and USA Today. Purchase his books at
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