A lot of sellers cringe at the thought of what inspectors will say about the condition of their buildings when when it’s time for a building inspection. However, there is really no need to panic, because all inspectors really want to do is ensure that the property is in the right condition. Buyers are always looking for assurance, and you need to be prepared if you want to sell your property quickly and without hassles.

You do not need to spend tens of thousands of dollars carrying out complex repairs, but you certainly need to spruce the place up before the inspection.

Below are some inexpensive maintenance hacks you should consider

  • Clean all your gutters prior to inspection. If they are getting rusty, simply replace them with decently-priced alternatives.
  • Clear access to places such as attics, garages and crawlspaces.
  • Sometimes, trees and flowers encroach on the areas near your doors, walls and foundations. Trim them. You also need to look out for flowers that lean in too much towards windows.
  • If you have weathered doors on the exterior of the building, paint them over. Throw some seal around doors and windows to give them a sleek makeover.
  • Asphalt driveways will need some sealing.
  • Clear up the under floor space by getting rid of gas, paints and solvents.
  • Repair faulty masonry or joints.
  • Carry out a check of all vents in the building, ensuring that they are clean, clear and actively functional.
  • Call in professionals and have them service your heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems.
  • Run a test on all your smoke detectors.
  • Exterior wall penetrations need to get sealed, and remain so.
  • Repair all your windows and leave them clean and operational, even if some are at the back of the house, where people tend to ignore.
  • Go around the house, checking for leaks in tubs, sinks and any other place where you have some form of plumbing. Fix them.
  • Do not neglect bulbs or their holders. If they are broken or non-operational, find a new set.
  • Your sump pump has to be operational, and smoothly so. It also needs to be clean. Do not forget to check the condition of the pit.

Go down to the nitty gritty:

  • Carry out some repairs on the driveway. Coat it if possible.
  • Ensure that all your locks, catches and hinges are operational and firm.
  • Damaged screens are a turn-off to potential buyers. Replace them.
  • If your wallpaper is faded or peeling, you should consider replacing it.
  • Broken glass needs to go, replaced by decent alternatives.
  • Evaluate gates, fences and rails. If they tend to wobble, secure them with the help of a handyman.

Carrying out cosmetic upgrades

  • Ensure that the air around kitchens and bathrooms is clean and that these places are generally comfortable to be in.
  • Mow the lawn and keep your compound clean and clutter-free
  • Open up your shades and curtains to let the sun and fresh air in.
  • Wash all your windows and touch up the exterior walls.

Precautionary considerations

  • Ensure that your garage doors open and close smoothly.
  • Put in an electrical safety switch if you do not have one.
  • Combustibles and flammables need to stay away from utility areas
  • Your pool needs to be well-fenced and compliant to regulations.
  • Doorways, hallways and stairways should be clean all the time. Check to ensure that they do not have obstructions around them
  • Take a look at your outdoor lighting and make sure that the placement and working is alright.

Important documents you need to have on standby

  • Relevant certification records
  • Warrants and receipts for appliances.
  • Power and heating bills-these should stretch back a year.
  • Warranties of major components

Taking care on the roof

Always ensure that your roof coverings are clean and that the brick, mortar or tiles below them are in top condition because inspectors will always look out for that.

Mold and mildew

You need to get rid of all signs of excess moisture, because that is always an indicator that mold and mildew are not far behind.

An emphasis on plumbing

Keep a lookout for possible problems with your plumbing system and have them taken care of. Most inspectors will want to test your waterproofing systems, so keep them in operational condition. Inspectors are also known to take a special interest in septic tanks, trying to ensure that they are safe and that they do cause any drainage issues.

De-clutter the place

Clean your house and get rid of all signs of clutter. The inspectors will require unrestricted and unobstructed access to all areas. Only then can they give your house thorough inspection.

Do not forget to make it easy for the inspector to take a look at garages and sheds. If these places are cluttered, move over some stuff and ensure that nothing is out of place.

Excuse yourself

When the time for inspection comes, there is a big chance that the buyer will tag along. Since they may not feel comfortable asking for candid answers from the inspector when you are around, you need to excuse yourself. Give them time alone with the building but do not stay too far away as you might be needed.

For most sellers, home inspections can be daunting, but by being thorough, checking every inch of the property and carrying out necessary repairs, you are certainly going to pull it off.