Congratulations! You’ve received an offer on your home and agreed on a sale price. The contract is signed, and the next step is your home inspection. The following items are things you should consider before the inspector visits your home and tips for how to prepare.
That leaky faucet may not really bother you, but the home inspector will find it!
Cracked glass or leaking window seals are not acceptable to most buyers.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI’s):
These should all be in working order. To test them, just push the test button. This will turn off the power to the outlet. Plug in an appliance to make sure it worked (no power to outlet). Press the reset button and the appliance should work now. Older houses may not have GFCI’s, but if yours does, they should work.
Check for leaks and cracks in toilet bowl. Make sure nothing is loose.
If you’ve been inventing your own wiring system out on the patio or garage, this can be a negative issue. Most buyers are fearful of exposed wiring. Wiring should be in a conduit, and/or junction box. Remove any exposed, exterior, extension cords or “do it yourself” wiring.
Change them! Dirty air filters affect the performance of the heating/cooling system. Consider having the unit serviced and cleaned so that it will operate properly when tested.
Any missing shingles or cracked tiles should be replaced. Any flashing that needs resealing should be resealed.
All doors should latch properly (and lock if a lock is installed). You will need to provide a key for each lock at closing.
If the valves are leaking or heads are broken, they’ll find it!
If you use the services of a professional pest control company, you may wish to have them take a look.
Other Important TIPS to Prepare For Your Buyer’s Home Inspection:
Clear ALL items away from
· Electrical Panel
· Water Heater
· Attic Access
· Crawl Space Access
· Under all Sinks
Inspectors DO NOT move your belongings. Some of the consequences for not being able to complete the inspection are:
1. Inspectors may make assumptions and have the buyer hire professionals to come and inspect further or
2. Inspector may have to make a second trip once items are removed to finish the inspection (at seller’s expense).
By making sure the inspector has full access from the beginning, you will save time and money.