Step 5 – Improve Curb appeal
First impressions are important! Inspectors normally see the well-built home hiding behind the overgrown shrubs… but why take a chance? I know more than one inspector that forms their initial opinion based on what they see when they pull in the driveway.
Step 6 – Don’t hide things
Hiding the crack in the foundation by putting a mattress in front of it, multiple air fresheners in the home to mask pet odor, hanging a poster over the hole in wall. Don’t do it! Nothing makes an inspector work harder than the feeling he or she is being taken for a fool!
Step 7 – Provide maintenance history/documents
The more documents the better! Put them in a fancy binder! This screams – “This owner cares!” If they don’t have any – go online and print out manuals for the appliances, the heater and A/C, write out a page about the maintenance of the home, etc. This allows the Inspector to reinforce “pride in homeownership” which all clients love to hear!