If your home is being inspected you have had an accepted offer on the property. However, other reasons for a home inspection may arise. One such example is to take care of any issues before listing your home-when a potential buyer may find them. Whatever the case, here are 10 pre-inspection checks any homeowner can manage before an inspector takes a professional look.
#1. Repair any obvious, broken, or missing items.
Check doorknobs, door jams, locks, windowpanes, screens, gutters, chimney caps and window treatments for broken or missing items. These are simple fixes and if you can see them, chances are the buyer will notice as well. Unfortunately, most of us have lived in our home long enough that we become blind to a lot of these issues. Take care of as many of them as you can before listing your home.
#2. Double check that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on.
Check pilot lights, faucets, and natural gas or propane connections. Verify that all of these utilities are in good working order, especially if a home has been sitting vacant.
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#3. Replace all filters.
Replace any dirty HVAC or furnace filters, oven vent filters or other filters throughout the house ahead of time. This simple process should not take much time.
#4. Double check that all lights and light bulbs are working.
Go through the house and check all light bulbs to make sure they are working properly. If a bulb is out, replace it before your home inspection.
#5. Replace batteries and check all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
You will want to verify smoke and carbon dioxide detectors are located properly per state regulations.
#6. Clear out any debris from around the house.
Be sure shrubs or trees are not touching the house. Clear out wood from the side of the house or in crawl spaces where pests and insects reside and double check that there is easy visual inspection of the foundation and siding.
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#7. Clear access to any HVAC equipment, electrical panels, water heaters, furnaces, attics and crawl spaces.
#8. Double check that everything is unlocked and ready for a home inspector. Make sure the gates, access panels and latches are easily accessible.
#9. Remove pets from the premise during the home inspection.
Home inspectors do not want to worry about Fluffy escaping or the potential for dangerous bites from animals left unattended while strangers wander through the house.
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#10. Be prepared for unusual requests.
No matter how much you prepare for a home inspection there will usually be something on the report you did not expect. Take it in stride and try to stay unemotional during the negotiation process. Making a note of the items you took care before the inspection may help the new homeowner feel you have been a responsible homeowner yourself.
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