Failing your inspection is definitively something you do not want for your home. Inspectors vary in their way of performing their craft but you must be prepared for everything. Way too many times, these inspections end up in failures, which is an issue if you want to sell your home.
Nevertheless, an inspection should not be taken as a stumbling stone in the process of selling a home. It should be seen as a way of being reported on what must be improved. Just like when you go and visit the doctor and he tells you what is wrong with the purpose of you focusing on that malady.
What is Included in the Inspectors Report?
As stated before, inspection varies among inspectors, but some core aspects that will be checked on are:
- Plumbing and electrical wiring
- Heating and cooling system
- Roof and attic
- The insulation
- The walls
- Structural elements
Many times, the inspector will pay attention to those things that might soon collapse, like a water leak in the kitchen, or an old electrical wire. These are some things that you should be paying attention unless you want a deal breaker.
But there is one thing you should be looking at that you have probably overlooked. Shall we look?
The One Thing
Presenting your rug. Yes, that nice structural part that makes your home look cozier and welcoming. Also, that one that can turn your home inspection into a flop. As you probably already know, having a carpet at home has its shortcomings. Granted, it provides great comfort but this comfort, as everything in life, comes with a price.
But then, you do not need to worry as it is not all a monster swamp. As long as you keep your carpet clean and tidy, your inspection should come and go like a breeze, leaving behind only the sweet odor of flowers. Speaking of flowers, there is a reason why an inspector will look for funny odors near your carpet. Think of this:
- A carpet can house several types of bacteria and viruses, which find the nurturing they need in the moisture that can accumulate in the rug. In other words, carpets can be incubators to these organisms.
- A lot of dirt can be found undetected in a rug.
- If there is water under the carpet, this can trigger the formation of mold, giving it a foul odor.
So, here’s the trick to keeping your carpet always clean. We do not suggest you do this cleaning the day before the inspector arrives as it might be seen as suspicious.
- Vacuum your rug at least three times a week. This will help remove any tiny strange bodies that might be found.
- If you have decided to wash it with water, you should be able to easily pull it out, dust it first, and then was with water. Make sure it is dry enough before bringing it in. If you bring inside your house a wet rug, you will accumulate humidity and bad odors into your house.
- Very importantly, hire the best area rug cleaning service out there. They will provide a guarantee that you will not see or smell any foreigner in your carpet.