10 must-read tips to get your home ready for the inspection
You have simply one opportunity to dazzle the home overseer. Obviously, you can't in any way, shape or form know all that may appear on the examination report, yet you can cause your home to show up very much kept up and deal for certain normal issues before the auditor thumps on the entryway.
- Clear all access points that the inspector will use. These include the attic, water heater, and electrical panel.
- Change the HVAC filters and clean the fuzz off the vent covers.
- Ensure that all light switches work and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Clean out the fireplace. Check the damper to ensure that it is operating properly. Cracks in the brick? Seal them with a high-temp silicone sealant.
- How are those windows? Replace cracked glass and torn screens. Then, open every window in the home to make sure they slide smoothly (both upon opening and closing). While they’re open, take a rag and some cleaning solution to the tracks. Finally, clean both inside and outside glass.
- Another common problem that makes its way onto too many inspection reports is water-damaged wood, especially the soffits, fascia, window sills (and here you thought you were finished with those windows!), and door trim.
- Cracks and holes in stucco should be sealed. We found a YouTube video (“How to Repair Cracks and Holes in Stucco”) that will walk you through the process.
- The pros at TheBuildingInspector.net suggest that owners of wood-framed homes should ensure that mulch isn’t piled up the foundation. “You should be able to see 4 inches of exposed foundation,” they suggest.
- Those same pros urge you to ensure that your kitchen appliances are clean and that they work properly. (Icemaker as well).
- Fix any leaks in the ceiling. Then, seal the stain and paint.
Keep in mind, the home examiner will play out a visual assessment of the home and its parts. This incorporates the HVAC framework, plumbing, warming, gas lines and electrical board.
The inspection will take somewhere in the range of two and three hours and, as enticing as it very well might be to be available, the purchaser (who recruited the assessor) will frequently follow along, with their realtor, normally.
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