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Nov 01, 2018UncategorizedBy support

6 Tips for Preparing for Your Home Inspection

If you’re selling your home, one thing that you want to know is that you should have a home inspection done. The buyer is going to have one done, too, but you want to have one done on your own.

Once you have your home inspection scheduled, you want to get ready for the inspector to come. Below are some of the tips that you can use to make sure that things go as smoothly as possible for the inspection and for you.

Declutter & Clean the Access Points for the Inspection

The one thing that the inspector will need is access to different areas of your home. Below are some tips that you can use for making their job easier.

  • Clean your oven and stove
  • Clean your furnace filter
  • Make sure the attic is accessible to be inspected
  • Organize any of your clots that access your crawl space and attic
  • Clear a minimum of 4-6 inches around your house’s exterior.

Test to Make Sure Things Function

The last thing that you want is a surprise. So there are things that you want to test out before the inspector comes.

  • Close and open your windows
  • Check and test seals and locks
  • Run your faucets and flush all of your toilets
  • Run your bathroom and ceiling fans
  • Close and open your garage doors with your remote as well as manually, and check its reverse setting for safety.
  • Make sure your doors’ weather stripping’s intact
  • Make sure that your downspouts are diverting the water properly away from your home.
  • Ensure your heat ducts are all connected in your crawl space.
  • Make sure your fan ducts all are properly venting through your attic.

Take some basic security and safety precautions

An inspector will look to make sure your home is safe. Below are some tips that you can use to make this streamlined.

  • Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors
  • Test your detector for carbon monoxide
  • Make sure there’s an available fire extinguisher
  • Cap the entry points for your chimney and the gas lines
  • Exterminate rodents or bugs

Make Any Necessary Property Repairs

When you make small repairs, it can make a difference in the inspection.

  • Replace the light bulbs
  • Recaulk around the sinks and bathtubs
  • Repair any type of water damage in your bathrooms
  • Remove any clogs in the drains
  • Update any grout that’s dingy
  • Replace cracked windows and torn screens
  • Replace any roofing that is missing
  • Replace any type of damaged insulation inside your crawl space and attic
  • Cover your crawl space using 6mm thick plastic sheeting

Complete Home Improvements on Your Home’s Exterior

Doing the following home improvements can help with having a better inspection report.

  • Pressure wash your roof or clean debris from the roof
  • Trim any trees hanging over or close to your roof line
  • Clean the debris from around your downspout drainage, foundation vents and A/C Compressor
  • Clean out your gutters
  • Slope the soil away from your home’s foundation for the runoff from the water.

Make Some Final Inspection Preparations

These will just help your inspection go much easier and help avoid having the inspector have to come back.

  • Plan on leaving the house one hour before
  • Take your pets when you leave
  • Leave the remotes for your lights, ceiling fans, garage doors, etc.
  • Leave the keys for outbuildings, electrical boxes, and outbuildings
  • Turn on the pilot lights for the things like your water heater and other appliances that work on gas
  • Be sure that your utilities are all on
  • Remove the laundry from your dryer and washer
  • Remove your dishes from your dishwasher and sink
  • Leave a drawing to show where the septic tank and well are, if applicable
  • Leave any paperwork for insurance claims, repairs or maintenance

These are the things that you can do to help your home inspection go a lot more smoothly. Once you have your home inspection preparations done, they will be able to get their work done and that means you have a better chance of selling your home quickly. When they have access to the information that they need, they can do their job. It makes things a lot easier all the way around for everyone!