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How To Run A Successful Inspection

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How To Run A Successful Inspection

Inspections are often the make or break when it comes to securing a potential buyer. First impressions are often formed within seconds, and tend to heavily inform the outcome of a sale.

With this in mind, it’s clearer than ever in today’s market that a successful inspection is paramount to a successful sale. Here are a few simple tips that will prove invaluable for your next inspection.

First and foremost, ensure that the areas most likely to affect a decision are easily accessible, with doors open, blinds up, etc. These include, but aren’t limited to: kitchen, master bedroom, ensuite/s, living area and outdoor space.

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Potential buyers will want to feel a natural flow as they move from room to room, creating an initial sense of homeliness and familiarity essential to any home buyer. With the right choices, you can veritably create a walk-through highlight reel of any home - big or small.

Keep a keen eye out in the days prior to the inspection for leaks, water damage, cobwebs, stains, scratches - or any small issues sure to leave a bad taste in a buyer’s mouth. While minor problems that are easily fixed, if left unattended they will affect the overall impression in the buyer’s mind.

Ensure utilities are on - if possible.

Being able to check the water pressure, water temperature, the lighting and air-conditioning will provide buyers with a tangible idea of their comfort levels within the house, which is an excellent way of creating the aforementioned sense of homeliness.


People are particular creatures, and each of us have individual standards, preferences, and style. Though these factors are idiosyncratic - like us - and will vary from buyer to buyer, simply having the option to ‘feel’ yourself in a new home provides a palpable sense of what living in a place would be like.

Nobody likes surprises: this is especially true when it comes to new homes.

It’s important to keep in mind that buyers are not looking for a ‘perfect’ house - there is no need to gloss over the flaws and little imperfections that give a house character. Ensure you acknowledge any of these more long-term issues, as if they are addressed from the start, they are unlikely to become negative factors in the decision making process.

It’s much better, for example, that the slight crack in the back window is pointed out by you during the inspection, than for it to be a surprising discovery by the buyer when you’re not around. An added bonus is the established trust between you and the people inspecting. Have a chuckle about that one creaky part of the floorboard, or the door that just won’t close properly.


Inspections are an interesting thing. On the surface, they’re casual, conversational walk-throughs. Below that layer, though, are the tiny little moments and details that define and decide a sale.

The things a buyer won’t consciously notice if they’re done right, but might subconsciously deter them if they’re done wrong.