Sellers Preparing your house for an inspection
What will a home inspector be looking at and how you can prepare for a home inspection? The below listing may be helpful in preparing for a home inspection. Many of these items can be done with little or no cost and many are regular maintenance items for a home. This can help the home seller negotiate a better price and may secure the deal.
* Remove grade dirt or mulch from contact with siding. Six (8) or more inches of clearance is preferred.
* Clean out dirty gutters or debris from the roof. Trim over roof limbs.
* Divert all water away from the house; i.e. downspouts, sump pump, condensation drains, etc. Grade should slope away from the structure. Clean out basement entry drains.
* Trim trees, roots and bushes back from the foundation, roof, siding and chimney.
* Paint all weathered exterior wood and caulk around the trim, chimney, windows and doors.
* Seal asphalt driveways, if cracking.
* Seal or point & tuck masonry chimney caps. Install metal fluecap.
* Clean or replace HVAC filter. Clean dirty air returns and plenum.
* Point &tuck any failing mortar joints in brick or block.
* Test all smoke detectors to ensure they are in safe working condition.
* Update attic ventilation if none is present.
* Have the chimney, fireplace or woodstove cleaned and provide the buyer with a copy of the cleaning record.
* Seal masonry walls in the basement.
* Don’t do quick cheap repairs. You may raise questions that will unfairly cause great concern to buyers and inspectors.
* Ensure that all doors and windows are in proper operating condition, including repairing or replacing any cracked window panes. Make sure all screens are in good repair and in place.
* Ensure that all plumbing fixtures (toilet, tub, shower, and sinks) are in proper working conditions. Check for and fix any leaks. Caulk around fixtures if necessary.
* Install GFCI receptacles near all water sources. Test all present GFCI receptacles for proper operation.
* Check sump pump for proper operation.
* Replace any burned out light bulbs.
* Remove rotting wood and/or firewood from contact with the house.
* Ensure that proper grading is followed under a deck.
* Install proper vapor barrier in crawlspaces.
* Caulk all exterior wall penetrations.
* Check to ensure that the crawlspace is dry and install a proper vapor barrier if necessary. Remove any visible moisture from a crawlspace. Moisture levels in wood should be below 18% to deter rot and mildew.
* Check that bath vents are properly vented and in working condition.
* Remove paints, solvents, gas, etc., from crawlspace, basement, attic, porch, etc.
* If windows are at or below grade, install window wells and covers.
* Have clear access to attic, crawlspace, heating system, garage and other areas that will need to be inspected.
* If the house is vacant, make sure that all utilities are turned on, including water, electric, water heater, furnace, air condition and breaks in the main panel.
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