It’s important to ensure that your home is prepared for inspection. Here are five tips to get ready:
1. Keep All Areas Of The House Accessible:
A home inspector has to go into parts of the house that are out of sight, such as crawl spaces. It’s important that these areas of the house are unlocked. Also, make sure that all essential utilities are accessible, such as the hot water heater, furnace, and central AC unit. If you don’t provide access to these areas of the house, the home inspector will see this as an admission that there is a problem in them.
2. Keep Up With Basic Repairs:
Before the home inspector comes, it’s a good idea to do your own inspection of the house. Here are some areas of the house to pay extra attention to:
- Exterior Wood: If you notice areas of the exterior wood that have water damage, it’s important to promptly repair them. This is particularly important if the exterior wood contains mold or insects. Even if there is no damage to the exterior wood, it’s a good idea to use waterproof paint. It’s especially important to pay attention to the exterior wood if you have a home that was built in the 1980s.
- Check The Drains: Make sure that the drains are clear. Call in a plumber for drains that you’re unable to clear yourself.
- Areas That Are Vulnerable To Mold: It’s important to check all areas of the house where there is a large amount of moisture. If you find significant mold growth, it’s essential to have it professionally removed. Mold can cause serious health problems, and it will deter buyers.
- Routine Maintenance: It’s important to remain up to date on scheduled maintenance of the central AC, furnace, and plumbing. Make sure that these parts of the house meet code.
- Make Sure All Lights Work: If a light bulb needs to be replaced, it can cause a home inspector to get the impression that a house is poorly maintained. Also, it can prevent the home inspector from being able to see areas of the house that are being inspected.
- Radon: It’s important to get your home tested for radon before a home inspection. It is a potentially harmful radioactive gas. If a home inspector finds radon, the home’s value is likely to be substantially reduced and buyers are likely to be deterred. However, it is easy to take steps to remove radon from the air.
If a house is cluttered, a home inspector is likely to get a bad impression. It also can prevent them from being able to inspect critical areas of the house. There are certain areas of the house that must be especially clear of clutter:
- Closets: It’s often advisable for people with large amounts of clothing items to thin out their clothing collections. If this isn’t possible, it can be advisable to rent out storage space for the time that the home is being inspected. It’s especially important to make sure that the home inspector has access to basement closets.
- Areas Near Basement Walls: Make sure that there are no items blocking access to basement walls.
4. Owners Of A Vacant Home Must Turn On Utilities:
The electricity and water must be on. In addition, it’s important to make sure that the furnace has fuel. It’s also important to make sure that the central air conditioning is on.
5. Make Sure The Electrical System Meets Code:
If you have an older house, it possible that certain parts of the electrical system don’t meet code. Here are some important parts of the electrical system to check:
- Make sure that all outlets are GFCI.
- Make sure that all outlets are grounded.
- Make sure that breakers have only one lug.