Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Preparing your home for a Home Inspection

Thinking of selling your home in the near future? It is likely there will be a home inspection ordered after you have an offer on the table. Thanks to a local home inspector, Kevin Beasy, below is a list of things that will help you get your home ready and take the worry out of the inspection.

Remove dirt/mulch from contact with siding or brick. The dirt should be at least 2 inches below-- but 3 to 4 inches is recommended.

The ground should slope away from the home so no puddles form close to your foundation. Pay close attention to down spouts, be sure they are directing water away from the foundation.

Trim trees and shrubs back from the structure.

Clean out gutters, chimneys and siding and have chimney professionally cleaned.

Be sure all windows and doors are in working condition. All latches should operate correctly. No cracks in glass panes. Check for fogged glass and have these replaced. Check screens for holes and have them repaired.

Paint all exterior wood. Replace any rotted wood. Caulk around all windows, doors and trim.

If you have a crawl space, be sure it is dry and the vapor barrier is in good condition. If space is musty smelling, you probably need more ventilation.

Check to be sure attic ventilators are working properly and no vents are blocked.

Have your air conditioner serviced. Be sure to replace air filters. Check for water leaks in attic especially around chimneys and vents.

Check to be sure all bathroom vents send the air to the outside, these can not vent to the attic.

Test all smoke detectors and install a CO detector if needed.

Be sure you have GFCI receptacles in required areas like bathrooms, kitchens (must be within 6 feet of sinks), garage and any outdoor locations.

Replace any burned out light bulbs.

Repair any leaking faucets and toilets.

Check grout to be sure it is clean and solid. You should repair any loose tile or spongy wall behind it. Re-caulk around tubs, showers and shower doors. Do not do quick repairs that look cheap and unprofessional. This is a red flag for inspectors.

The inspector will need access to the electrical service panel, attic, water and HVAC system. Make sure these are clear from personal items to allow for easy access.