Things To Fix Before Your Home Inspection

However, there are a number of proactive steps that homeowners can take, well before the home enters escrow, to make sure the inspection goes smoothly and the sale closes on time. Learn more about what a home inspector will be looking for and the things you should fix, even before your home inspection.

What Does A Home Inspection Entail?

A home inspector is a licensed professional who performs a visual inspection of the home, including the roof, walls, foundation, and systems such as HVAC, plumbing, and electrical. The inspector will check that fixtures work properly and that systems are up to standard. Inspectors are thorough – they will check attics, crawl spaces, and ensure that all of your home’s systems are in proper working order. 

Items and systems usually included on an inspector’s checklist include the roof, the attic, the exterior condition of the home, a test of the HVAC system including making sure filters have been changed, and checks for obvious signs of problems with the home’s plumbing and electrical systems.

Ensure Basic Maintenance Is Covered

The easiest, and most important, thing you can do as a homeowner before the home inspection is to handle the kind of general maintenance tasks that often get put off in daily life. After all, buyers are human, and a long list of small, easily fixable tasks might be so overwhelming that it causes them to pull the plug on a home purchase to look elsewhere. Handling some of these tasks in advance can ensure that the inspector’s list is as short as it can be.

Basic maintenance tasks such as clearing out gutters, replacing burned-out light bulbs, putting new filters in your HVAC system and any air or water purifiers, cleaning out your dryer’s ventilation system, scrubbing away surface mold in enclosed bathrooms, and making sure all windows and doors open easily and without sticking are small fixes that can help to avoid an inspector’s note. You may also consider painting and repairing any weathered siding or outdoor patio covers, and re-caulking tubs and sinks where caulk has started to peel or become moldy.

Check And Repair Fixtures And Systems

A home inspector will check the home’s fixtures, including the garbage disposal, refrigerator, dishwasher, light fixtures, and other items affixed to the home itself. Ensuring that all of these items work as intended, and performing repairs if necessary, can help to avoid a home sale that falls through for an unintended reason. 

If your garbage disposal sticks, or your dishwasher doesn’t work, it’s best to have those items repaired before the inspection takes place. Make sure any remote controls for ceiling fans, fireplaces, or garage doors have new batteries and are accessible during the inspection. Ensure that your stove, oven, washer, and dryer are clean, operational, and free of any hazards, and that exhaust fans are in working condition and easy to identify. 

Finally, make sure all toilets flush properly, water pressure is consistent throughout the home, and that electrical outlets are functional and free of signs of breakage or excessive wear-and-tear. Clearly mark circuit breakers and gas shut-offs, and replace outdated smoke or carbon monoxide detectors. Engaging a plumber or electrician before an inspection occurs can seem like a pain, but it can prevent costly and inconvenient issues with your home sale later.

Clear Access Points

The inspector will need access to the home’s crawl space and attic, so making sure access to those areas is unobstructed and free of debris is essential. Clearing debris away from the sides of your home will assist the inspector in getting a good look at your home’s exterior, and clearing clutter from your attic or basement will help promote a thorough inspection of areas where water damage or mold might be found.

Consider A Pre-Inspection

Homeowners who are motivated to sell can also engage a licensed inspector to perform a pre-inspection before the home is listed for sale. A pre-inspection can flag small items that can be easily repaired, and can also provide warning of larger potential red flags, such as termites or other pests, roof damage, or foundational issues that might affect your home sale. Understanding these potential issues, and consulting with your real estate agent before the home is under contract, can help put you in the best position to negotiate, even before the official inspection takes place. 

When Home Means More, You Need Doug Harter

Have questions about what your home inspection means, and how to be ready? Doug can help make the journey easier from beginning to end.

Home is about so much more than just four walls. Buying or selling a home is a big deal, and with everything we experienced in the last year, our homes have never been more important. So whether you’re looking to buy a home or get yours in perfect shape to sell, let Doug assit you through every part of the buying and selling process.