Selling a home can be a stressful time, there is so much to think about; keeping the house clean, heading out on a moment’s notice to accommodate last minute showings, not to mention planning a move. It is natural to feel overwhelmed.
Then you get that great offer and enter escrow. You are relieved until you realize there is a home inspection coming. Even a home meticulously maintained can have hidden issues. The good news is that you can prepare for the home inspection and make sure you pass with flying colors!
Here is a list of items to check before a home inspection is performed to help eliminate the number of items on the buyer’s repair list.
- Doors, windows, cabinets, and drawers: check that they slide smoothly.
- Run water in sinks, tubs, and showers: snake any that drain slowly.
- Look for evidence of water leaks: garage ceiling, house ceilings, under sinks, around the water heater, etc.
- GFIs: check our local code and put GFI plugs where required and check installed GFI plugs to make sure they work correctly.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: check that they are in working order by testing.
- Gutter and roof: replace any missing roof tiles, check flashing around the roof and clean gutters.
- HVC: consider HVAC servicing to replace filters and check for problems.
- The water heater: is it properly strapped and vented.
- Deferred maintenance: anything that has been neglected should be addressed before the home inspection.
The best defense is a good offense. This is true in home inspections too! The best way to ensure you have an excellent home inspection is to have a pre-listing home inspection. It could be the best couple hundred dollars you can spend. Better to uncover the issues before the buyer does.
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