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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