A Few Items to Check Before a Home Inspection
Selling a home can be a stressful time. It’s completely normal to feel a bit overwhelmed. There is so much to think about; keeping the home clean, heading out on a moment’s notice to accommodate last minute showings, not to mention planning a move.
Then, you finally get that perfect offer and enter escrow. You’re relieved...until you realize there’s a home inspection coming up. Even a home that is meticulously maintained can have hidden issues. The good news is, you can prepare for the home inspection to ensure that you pass with flying colors.
Some Items to Check Before a Home Inspection:
- Doors, windows, cabinets, and drawers – check that they slide smoothly
- Run water in sinks, tubs, and showers – snake any that drain slowly
- Evidence of water leaks – ceilings (even in the garage), under sinks, around water heaters, etc.
- GFIs – check your local code and put GFI plugs where required
- Peeling paint - be sure to touch up and repaint as needed
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors must be in working order
- Gutters and roof – replace any missing roof tiles and clean gutters, be sure they extend away from the home
- HVAC – Consider having your HVAC serviced to replace filters and check for problems
- Water heater – is it properly strapped and vented?
- Check your basement, crawlspace, and attic. Be sure there are no issues with beams, joists, or moisture
- Deferred maintenance – anything that has been neglected should be addressed before the home inspection
The best defense, is a good offense. This is true with home inspections too! The best way to be certain you have a great home inspection is to have a pre-listing home inspection. That way, you can uncover any issues before the buyer does and address them accordingly.