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Get the Most Out of Your Home Inspection

Preparing your home ahead of time using the following tips will speed up your home sale.  Also, your home inspection will go smoother, allowing fewer concerns to delay closing.

1.  Confirm that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights)

2.  Make sure your pets won’t hinder your inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.

3.  Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.

4.  Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.

5.  Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a “light is inoperable” report that may suggest an electrical problem.

6.  Remove stored items, debris and wood from the foundation.  These may be cited as “conducive conditions” for termites.

7.  Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, the water heater, attic and crawlspace.

8.  Unlock any locked areas that your home inspector must access, such as the attic door or hatch, the electrical service panel, the door to the basement and any exterior gates.

9.  Trim tree limbs so that they are at least 10 feet away from the roof.  Trim any shrubs that are too close to the house and can hide pests or hold moisture against the exterior.

10.  Repair or replace any broken or missing items, such as doorknobs, locks or latches, windowpanes or screens, gutters or downspouts or chimney caps.

Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property.

Every home inspection is a complete and thorough analysis of all the major systems and components in the home. The report includes a clear description of what I have found with any problem areas noted, so you can easily identify them. I also provide a free telephone consultation after your home inspection.

A thorough home inspection will include the following:

» Roof (shingles, flashings, chimneys, vents, trim and gutters, drip edges, skylights, downspouts, and other visible roof related items)

» Attics (insulation, ventilation, rafters, joists and collar ties, trusses, wiring attachments, and other visible related items)

» Plumbing and Fixtures (water pressure, water distribution system, hose bibs, sinks and faucets, bath/showers and toilets, sanitary system, and other plumbing system components.)

» Water Heating Systems (TPR & discharge pipe, burner, vent connectors & other visible related items)

» Interior (floors and ceilings, walls, doors, stairs (if applicable) and banisters, finishes, sinks, cabinets, shelving, built-in appliances, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and safety-related items, and other visible interior-related components)

» Heating and Cooling Systems (furnace, air cleaning parts, duct-work, electric gas sniffer testing, and other visible related HVAC components)

» Electrical Systems (service entry and clearances, service panel, switches and outlets, GFCI’s and AFCI’s, visible wiring and junction boxes, grounding system, and other related electrical components)

» Basements  and Foundation (insulation, ventilation, posts, vapor barriers, utility attachment, structural items, floors and walls, and columns)

» Exterior (siding materials, attachments, windows, doors, vents, entryways, driveways and walkways, grading and drainage and other visible exterior related components)

» Garage (Garage door(s), openers, walls, floors, ceilings)

» Porches, Balconies, Decks, and carports

» Fireplaces (Firebox, damper door and hearth)

» Overall Structure » and much more

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