Selling a home can be a stressful time, there is so much to think about; keeping thehome clean, heading out on a moment’s notice to accommodate last minute showings,not to mention planning a move. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed.

Then you get that great offer and enter escrow. You’re relieved until you realize there’sa home inspection coming. Even a home meticulously maintained can have hiddenissues.

The good news is that you can prepare for the home inspection and make sureyou pass with flying colors.

Items to Check before a Home Inspection

Doors, windows, cabinets and drawers – check that they slide smoothly

Run water in sinks, tubs and showers – snake any that drain slowly

Evidence of water leaks – Garage ceiling, under sinks, around water heaters, etc.

GFIs – check your local code and put GFI plugs where required

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors must be in working order

Gutters and Roof – replace any missing roof tiles and clean gutters

HVAC – Consider a HVAC servicing to replace filters and check for problems

Water Heater – is it properly strapped and vented

Deferred maintenance – anything that has been neglected should be addressed beforethe home inspection.

The best defense is a good offence. This is true in home inspections too!

The best way toensure you have a great home inspection is to have a prelisting home inspection. It could bethe best couple hundred dollars you can spend – uncover the issues before the buyer does.