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Home Inspection Checklist to Prepare for an Easy Sale

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Although your home may be under contract, the work is not done. A home inspection is one of the most stressful aspects of selling your house. Home inspections are now a common part of the home-buying process. Don’t be surprised if potential buyers inspect your home.

You can make this process go more smoothly if you start preparing yourself and your house sooner than later. It’s time to prepare for the inspection to sell your house. Preparing yourself ahead of time will help you know what home inspectors are looking for, rather than finding the hard and expensive way last minute.

This checklist will help you keep on track and ensure that you don’t drop your price unintentionally.

Checklist of Items that a Home Inspector Examines

The list is not complete as each state has its regulations. Not all inspectors are certified. Not all certifications are the same. You won’t always have the final say on the inspector’s qualifications since you are the one who is buying the inspection. Buyers should look for inspectors with valid certifications, such as the American Society of Home Inspectors.

A home inspector should go over the following areas of your home:

  • Roof and attic space

1. Checks for missing or damaged shingles or excess wear.

 2. Determines how many roofing layers are present on the structure.

3. Check that gutter joints are properly sealed and properly draining.

4. Inspect the attic for any signs of leakage, poor ventilation or rotted wood.

  • Exterior

1. Determines the type of siding on the structure, its shape and underneath.

2. Inspect for broken windows, rotting frames, or any sections that aren’t sealed.

3. Makes certain the house looks straight and has a solid foundation.

  • Plumbing system

1. Checks that all fixtures are under sufficient pressure.

2. Turns on the water supply and inspects flooring and pipes for any signs of water damage or leakage.

3. Estimates the age and material for all piping within the home

4. A well water test should also be done if the home is connected to a well.

  • HVAC

1. Inspects the airflow in the house and ensures that all equipment is working properly.

2. Tests for asbestos signs are then usually tested by another service.

3. Record the equipment’s age and cleaning history.

  • Electrical

1. Inspect for any signs of old knob-and-tube wiring.

2. Examines electrical service to determine if it has adequate capacity.

3. Checks to make sure all electrical components meet code. If necessary, I will recommend any changes.

Before you do a Home Inspection in Bellaire TX, make sure to complete this checklist.

Here’s a Checklist to Help you Stay on top of Everything Before your Home Inspection.

One month (or more) before the inspection

  • Gather all necessary paperwork. Go through your files and find any general maintenance and repairs information. Documents showing HVAC inspections, roof repairs, and other house-related fixes should be included. You will need proof if a problem arises in the home inspection that you have already fixed.
  • Locate your survey and draw a map of your property: Sketch where a septic tank or well is located to help the home inspector (and future homeowners) locate it. This will give you time to locate it if you aren’t sure.
  • Be ready to negotiate or fix what is broken. Even though you may have tried to hide certain problems while showing your house, an inspection will most likely reveal them. Do not wait to fix these problems. You should address all issues you expect to find during the inspection. If repairs are not possible, you can adjust the price.

One week before the inspection

  • Ensure that the inspector has access to all areas of your house: Most likely, you will pack up your belongings as you prepare your home for inspection. However, it is important to pack strategically. The home inspector will inspect every closet, electrical panel, furnace, water heating system, crawl space access, and attic access. Do not stack boxes so that they block access to these areas.
  • Clear clutter from outside. Now is the best time to clear clutter. You should also trim any branches and weeds covering the roof, siding, or other areas. Check that the inspector can reach exterior outlets and faucets and aren’t blocked.
  • Turn all utilities on: If your property is empty, ensure that all utilities are on.

The Day Before Inspection

  • Clean your house: Although it might seem counterintuitive, there are always moving boxes around. However, you must clean up after a home inspection. If you have a problem with your electrical panel or a leak, a clean home won’t matter. A clean home gives home inspectors the impression that the property has been well maintained and taken care of. If they feel that the house is in good condition, they will be less inclined to minor problems.
  • Before the inspector inspects appliances and lights, Make sure to replace any blown-out light bulbs. It is a good idea to check that the pilot lights on your furnace, water heater, and stove are working properly. The inspection can be delayed if there are no working light fixtures or appliances.
  • Make sure all areas are accessible. Take a tour of the property to make accessibility a priority. You should ensure that the inspector has the right to access any sheds, gates or other items not kept in the agent’s lockbox. The locks can be removed or keys given to the real estate agent.

Inspection Day

  • Take care of your home. Clean up the living and bedroom areas.
  • Check that animals are safe: Before leaving the property, ensure all animals are secured. While most home inspectors prefer animals to be removed from the property, you can keep them in a crate if they are necessary.
  • Get out of the house: If you are paying for an inspection, be sure to get out of the house no less than an hour before the inspection. To ensure that the inspector does a thorough job, you should be available for at least three hours.

It is worth the effort to prepare your house for inspection. It will make the inspection process easier for everyone if you prepare your home and allow everyone to have full access. Although no one can predict the outcome of a home inspection, it is less likely that you will be surprised if you prepare.

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