Preparing for a home inspection

Preparing for a home inspection

Inside the home

Go over the house with a fine-tooth comb. Think of everything! That way, you won’t get a negative score.

Electricity and heating

  • Burnt-out light bulbs in the kitchen? Replace them.
  • Make sure there is enough oil in the tank should the inspector want to check your furnace‘s performance.
  • What about your heat pump or air conditioning unit? When in doubt, turn them on and have them fixed by a certified technician.
  • Having trouble identifying what’s what in your electrical panel? If you’re not sure where some wires go or if you need junction boxes, call a qualified electrician.
  • Not sure your baseboards are heating adequately? Call a specialist.
  • Think about getting a new water heater if yours is getting on in years.

Plumbing

  • Make sure the faucets flow properly, and there are no leaks.
  • Are you satisfied with the bathroom?
  • How’s the water pressure in the shower?
  • When in doubt, call a plumber.

Windows

  • Open and close the windows to make sure they work well. Clean and lubricate them accordingly.
  • Replace and repair broken panes and screens.

Roof

  • Make sure there are no leaks in the attic space.

Outside the home

Curb appeal

  • Has the siding seen better days? Consider touching up the paint.
  • Check the caulking and replace when needed.
  • Are your gutters in the gutter? Clear all debris, straighten them and make sure they take water away from the foundation.
  • Is your front door no longer inviting? Revamp it.

The yard

  • If you can barely see your house through the trees and shrubbery, it’s time for a trim!
  • Mow the lawn, remove the weeds and clean up the flowerbeds.
  • If your house could be damaged by growing trees or shrubs, prune them.
  • Is your foundation at risk? Call an expert.

Winter inspections

Since it won’t be possible to check the gutters or paint the house, take care of this before the snow arrives.

Inspection day

Make sure the inspector has access to the:

  • Attic
  • Crawl space
  • Water valves

These systems:

  • Plumbing
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Air conditioning
  • Electrical (panel, especially)

Not to mention the roof.

The lender may require photos of the premises, so make sure all areas are accessible.

Do you have pets? Take them to a sitter or keep them inside while the inspector is outside and vice versa. Keep in mind that potential buyers may have allergies…

What about having your home inspected BEFORE putting it up for sale?

Increase your odds by getting a pre-sale inspection. As soon as you know what has to be done, do it, to avoid discouraging any potential buyers.

In addition to avoiding unpleasant surprises, completing all the work before the inspector shows up often means you’ll sell your home faster and for a fair price.

If you aren’t able to do all the work required, get a quote from a professional and show it to the buyers. This will give them a good idea of how much the repairs will cost. The benefit for you is that you’ll know what to expect in the inspector’s report and negotiate your sale price accordingly.

Many think a home inspection is stressful. With careful preparation, it doesn’t have to be.