How to prepare for inspections
POSTED BY Ann Paterson ON 21 Jun 2019
When presenting your property to market, you want to attract as many buyers as you can and ensure that they’re leaving the inspection with your home front of mind for all the right reasons.
The last thing you want is for a buyer to walk in and immediately be put off by the interiors of the home, how it has been styled or its cleanliness. Not only will that buyer want to get out of there quick-smart, but they’re also likely to tell others about “that house we just saw”.
Our team at Ann Paterson Real Estate can give you some great advice when you’re preparing for an upcoming inspection.
Make sure prior to inspection that your house or apartment is clean inside and out. Wash any dirty dishes and put them away. Make sure dirty laundry is out of sight and clean laundry has been put neatly in its place - some buyers may head straight to the bedroom to check out the built-in wardrobe space.
It’s also a good idea to make sure any stains or marks on walls, carpets or tiles are scrubbed off and everything is looking sparkling clean.
Fix anything that’s broken:
You don’t want buyers opening up kitchen cupboards that fall off their hinges, or trying to close bedroom doors that no longer fit in the door frame. Make sure to fix anything that a buyer might come across on inspection day, you don’t want them thinking they’ll need to do a whole lot of work before they move in (unless the home is an obvious fixer-upper).
Consider getting a stylist in:
Styling your home for inspections is extremely important. You want to let the buyer imagine themselves living in the home; what it would be like to prepare a meal in the kitchen, relax in the lounge room and sleep in the bedroom. Old, damaged furniture, family photos and nostalgic items will take away from that experience. A stylist can help you lease furniture to style your home, hide your personal effects and give you advice on how best to present your home.
Let some light in:
No one wants to walk into a dark, dank home with little light. Make sure to open up all blinds and doors to let plenty of natural light into your home on inspection day. If your home is in a shaded area with little natural light, then make sure all your ceiling lights are working. Choose bright bulbs that will give off the illusion of natural light, add a few lamps and make sure they’re all turned on during inspections.
Air it out:
Just as with dark spaces, buyers don’t want to walk into musty rooms that smell funny. Open all the windows to let some fresh air in. It’s actually best to air out the home in the days and hours leading up to the inspection. Another great idea is to light some nice smelling candles or incense prior to and during the inspection. Just make sure to choose subtle smells that aren’t too overpowering.
Mow the lawns:
Of course you can style up the inside of a home all you like but that first impression will come from the outside. Overgrown gardens in the back and front yards can be a little alarming, so make sure to mow the lawn and keep the gardens tidy. This is a great way to attract young families looking for safe spaces for children to play.
If you want more advice on how to prepare you home for inspection, chat to your Ann Paterson Real Estate agent.