If you’ve ever sold your home before, you understand the process has many steps. If you’re just starting out in the journey of selling your home, you may not know that a home inspection is a key part of the process. Once your home is under contract, most buyers will stipulate that the sale is pending the final home inspection. Since this is such an important part of getting your home sold, there are a few things you can do to prep your home for the home inspection.

When your home is inspected pending sale, the inspector is going to check a wide range of things in your house. To help aid the inspector and make sure the process goes smoothly, prepare your home ahead of time if you know when the inspection is scheduled. A few key areas that will be inspected are your roof, attic, electrical, foundation, plumbing, and heating and air conditioning.

Cleaning your home prior to a home inspection is a great way to help prepare. Getting rid of clutter allows the inspector to see the home up close. Keep in mind, the buyers may be preset during the inspection in order to get a closer look at the home. A clean home can help them picture themselves living there, so decluttering can make a big difference.

Remove any large furniture items from places that need to be inspected. If you have a cabinet or mirror covering electrical panels, move those ahead of time to make it easy for the inspector. If you have an attic, make sure there is a clear path for the inspector to access. If you have something covering your air conditioning unit, ensure it is still easily accessible during the inspection. Little things like these can help save time and effort for the inspector and make the home inspection run smoothly.

Now that you’ve got a checklist of how to prep your home for a home inspection, make sure you’ve blocked out enough time. An inspection can take 3-4 hours, so don’t let your preparation go to waste by not leaving enough time for the full inspection. Selling your home can be a stressful time, but the home inspection can be an easy process if you and your home are ready.