When you are selling a home, one of the things that your buyer will want to have done is a home inspection. This may seem scary, but there are things that you can do to help your home pass the inspection. Below are 13 tips that you can use for helping your house to pass with flying colors:
1. Be Completely Honest With Your Inspector
Your home inspector is likely going to ask if there’s any major issues with your home. Make sure you’re honest and let them know anything you know about. They’re going to find any issues anyway. In the worst-case scenario, they’ll find an issue that is obvious and let your potential buyers know. Your buyers are going to see you as being dishonest, and therefore; they might reconsider regardless if your home passes. So, you want to be up front with anything you know.
2. Check Your Foundation and Roof
These two items are huge budget killers with home improvement. Prior to your inspection, check your foundation and roof. If there is anything wrong with either one, you want to get in touch with a contractor in your area so that they can look at it. They’ll estimate the repair cost and let you know if it’s going to be a huge issue. When you have this done prior to your inspection, you’ll be saving your potential buyer lots of worry.
3. Check Your Drainage
The roof is going to play a big role when it comes to drainage. If it’s faulty, the drainage can ruin the foundation. This is the biggest problem that is found by home inspectors.
Be sure the downspouts on your gutters are leading the water away from your home. They also should be long and thick enough so they can handle a lot of water. If you live in an area where a lot of rain falls, it’s highly recommended that you have a downspout of 3×4 inches. If the downspouts that you have currently aren’t meeting these guidelines, it’s a good idea to extend them. This can be done on your own.
4. Remove The Clutter From Around Your Home
There are times when a home inspector who is happy can make a huge difference. You want to make sure they are able to easily move around your home. If there are heavy boxes around your furnace or close to your attic, make sure they’re moved before the inspector comes. The clutter can’t hide issues with the home but clutter can make the inspector very unhappy and make the process longer.
5. Make Sure Your Floors are Level
Sometimes a small crack is able to cause a floor to be uneven. If you’re not sure if your floor’s uneven, you can simply roll a marble. The floor’s uneven if your marble’s moving.
Even though this could mean a huge problem with the foundation, a lot of times it’s simply an older home’s design or a subfloor/joist that is rotten. It’s a good idea to have the cost estimated. This can run anywhere from $300 to $750. If it isn’t too costly, you should have it fixed prior to your inspection.
6. Monitor Your Exterior
A homeowner should care about the curb appeal, and because of that, the inspector is going to examine your home’s exterior too. They are going to look at your home’s grading, driveways, landscaping, windows, sidewalks and fences. Unless you have a huge driveway or grading problem, these can all be fixed on your own. You want to make sure that the home’s exterior is looking great.
7. Check Your Electricity
For a whole house check, it’s good to have a qualified electrician to do it. But there are things that you’ll be able to do on your own. It’s good to organize your wiring if it can be seen. You should also ensure that the light fixtures have new light bulbs. If you have a bulb that is out, the inspector or the potential buyer might think that you have faulty wiring. It can be expensive to repair the home’s electric system but ensure that your light fixtures, wiring and circuit breakers are to code.
8. Give the Inspector Documentation for Any Maintenance and Repairs
If you’re doing a lot of work for passing your home inspection, you’ll want the buyers to notice it. When you’re doing huge, expensive repairs such as repairing your electric system or fixing your roof, you want to give a buyer proof. Therefore, once you have repaired or fixed anything in the home, keep your receipt. When you do this, even if your inspector finds an issue, you can contact your contractor and find a solution that is inexpensive and reasonable.
9. Asses Your HVAC
The winter is getting a lot colder and the summers are getting hotter. Gas and oil are expensive, so you want to make sure that your HVAC system is working efficiently. The inspector is going to look at the boiler, air conditioner, heat pump and furnace. They’re going to ensure that your air conditioning or heat is reaching your home and not going outside.
If you think that your HVAC is working perfectly but your inspector is saying something is faulty, let them see your bills. If they’re the same price for your area, chances are it’s working fine.
10. Be Sure Your Home is Insulated
Insulation and ventilation often cause your gas bills to be higher along with other issues related to your HVAC. It’s a good idea to go into your attic (provided there is one) and ensure there is ample insulation and padding. As years go by, this can wear down or fall off. The inspector is going to notice, so this should be immediately fixed. Then you should go through your house and see if any air is coming into your home. Whether you do it by tightening your door hinges or caulking your home’s windows, be sure there is no air leaving or entering your home.
11. Empty Your Appliances
Even though this might seem very minor, it’s important like removing any clutter. Clean out your dishwasher, your washer and dryer, and clean your stove before your home is inspected. These appliances are going to be checked during your inspection and they won’t want to touch dirty pots or clothes.
12. Check Your Garage
Whether the garage is being used for parking or storage, you want to ensure the door and its lights work correctly. It’s not expensive to fix your garage door and if it’s broken most buyers will insist that you fix it.
13. Don’t be Home During the Inspection
A home inspector has to be honest with anyone who is considering your home and they’re going to feel a lot more comfortable if you’re not there. The buyer should also be comfortable with asking their inspector questions during the inspection. They are going to feel more comfortable doing this if you aren’t there. Also, make sure that any pets that you have are out of the house. This is going to ensure that your buyer and inspector are comfortable, especially if they are allergic.
These are the things that you can do to help ensure that your inspection goes well. They aren’t going to guarantee that your home is going to pass, but they will make your inspector a lot happier with you and they will also help to make sure that any issues are known up front. This can make a huge difference when it comes to a home inspection and whether you pass.
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