November 26th, 2013

25 EASY Fixes To Make Before Your Inspection

When selling your home, it’s best to prepare your home for an inspection. Not only will it make your home ready for an inspection, but it will also increase the appeal of your home to potential buyers.

The following is a list of the 25 most common things I find during my home inspections. The items with an asterisk are things I find in almost every home. Most of these items are easy enough for just about any able bodied person to fix. You can probably find YouTube videos to help you figure out what you don’t already know how to fix. Then, for the more complicated items, be sure to hire a licensed contractor or reputable company to finish getting your home ready for inspection.

1. HVAC system — have it cleaned and serviced. If repairs are needed, make them. Make sure it has a clean filter.*
2. Clean heating and cooling registers and vacuum inside if needed.
3. Make sure your windows open, close and lock.
4. Check for leaks in faucets and under sinks.
5. Make sure toilets flush properly and are not wobbly. If wobbly, replace wax ring and bolt down firmly.
6. Make sure all light fixtures and light bulbs are working.
7. Ensure that sinks and tubs drain quickly.
8. Clean gutters.*
9. Ensure downspouts extend away from the foundation.*
10. Replace cracked or broken window panes.
11. Caulk around tubs and showers.*
12. Clean out grime in faucet filters (to maximize water pressure).
13. Ensure doors open, close and lock smoothly.
14. Run all appliances if the house has been sitting vacant. Listen for odd noises and check for leaks.
15. Inspect roof and make repairs as needed.
16. Test electrical sockets for the correct polarity. (Outlet testers are cheap at Lowe’s and Home Depot.)
17. Test smoke detectors.
18. Add smoke detectors in all bedrooms.*
19. Provide receipts and warranties for recent repairs and servicing.
20. Ensure all utilities are ON and pilot lights are lit.
21. Adequate room to access appliances, electrical panels and heating and cooling units. Remove boxes, stored items and debris from these areas; at least three feet of workspace is recommended.*
22. Attics, garages, sheds, basements and crawlspaces need to be accessible.
23. Water shut-off valve needs to be accessible.*
24. Remove trash cans, trim branches and brush, dispose of dead limbs and clear an accessible path around the home. (The inspection will be easier, but the appearance of your house will improve as well.)
25. Take your pets with you or have them boarded elsewhere for the day. At the very least, secure animals in crates, kennels or leads far away from any area where the inspector will be. I love cats, dogs, and other animals, but they can be a distraction.

I hope this list helps you sell your home and that your inspection goes smoothly. Good luck!

Matt Neary, CPI
Buyers Protection Group
(859) 445-8589

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