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Home inspections sound a lot more intimidating than they really are – there’s no need to be nervous; the professionals are there to ensure the home you’re building is safe (and if you’re selling, they will help you find what needs to be fixed in order to get the sell you’ve been searching for). Here are some ways to easily pass your home inspection.
- Remember that honesty is the best policy. If the inspector ask if there are any serious issues present, be honest with them Tell them what you know of and don’t leave out any details. Even if you choose to withhold it from them, they will discover it at some point during the inspection. You certainly wouldn’t want to come across as dishonest to your potential buyers.
- Inspect the roof and foundation. This can really cost you money if home improvement is needed in these two areas. If you notice a leak in the roof, call your contractor. They will estimate the cost and determine whether it’s a major issue or not. Take care of what you can before the inspection so the buyers will have much less to worry about.
- Inspect the drainage system. Poor drainage can ruin a home’s foundation and is the number one issue home inspectors find each year. Check and make sure the downspouts lead water away from your home; downspouts should be thick and long enough for large amounts of water. If you live in an area prone to heavy rainfall, downspouts of 3×4 inches are recommended. You can always extend them yourself, however, as it is a rather simple DIY project.
- De-clutter your home. Remove anything that can cause an obstruction in the path of the inspector. This includes heavy boxes in front of entrances and around furnaces. You’ll also want to clean out your appliances – empty the dishwasher, laundry appliances, and clean the stove.
- Check for uneven flooring. Even small cracks can cause floors to become uneven. Use the age-old trick of rolling a marble as a test. If it moves, the floor is uneven. Sometimes this signifies that a larger issue is present in the foundation. However, it is typically the design of older homes or the presence of a rotten joist/subfloor. As with the roof, get an estimate of the repair cost.
- Make sure you have curb appeal. In addition to the inside of your home, inspectors will also look at the landscaping, grading, driveway, fencing, windows, and sidewalks around your home. If there are any issues present with these, you’re more than likely able to fix them yourself.
- Hire an electrician. Have them check the entire house to make sure all wiring is correct. As for you, there are some things you can accomplish as well. Organize any wiring that is visible and make sure all light bulbs are working efficiently (if one goes out, it may be attributed to a faulty wiring which can hurt your chances of selling).
- Keep documents of repairs and maintenance. If you have a lengthy list of repairs you’ve made before the inspection, buyers may ask to see proof of changes. Keep all receipts!
- Check your HVAC system. The inspector will check your furnace, boiler, heat pump and AC unit. Make sure everything is up to speed on maintenance. Go to the attic and check for adequate padding and insulation; if any has fallen off or has become worn down, fix the issue. Walk around the home and make sure air isn’t entering the home. You may have to caulk windows and/or tighten door hinges to ensure air isn’t leaving the home.
- Make sure all is well in the garage. No matter what you used it for, you’ll want to make sure the garage has a working door and working lights.
- Once the inspector arrives, leave. Take your kids and pets with you so they can complete the job with little to no distraction.