Preparing the Seller for the Home Inspection
If you are selling a home you probably realize that a buyer may require a home inspection. This can be stressful for home owners as many don't really know what to expect. A home inspection is different from an appraisal. An appraisal estimates the value of a home. A home inspection will give you a report of any mechanical or physical defects of a home.
If you have never been thru the home inspection process here is a list of what you may expect.
- A home inspection will probably take around 3 hours for an average size home.
- The dishwasher will be run. And tested in all cycles.
- Clear the kitchen sink of dishes. Water flow and drainage will be tested.
- Make sure all interior and exterior light fixtures work. If a fixture bulb is out, it should be replaced before an inspection
- Provide access to the furnace, water heater and electrical panel. Also, the inspector must be able to remove the electrical panel cover (please remove any locks on panels and control boxes).
- Install a new furnace/air conditioner filter. It will be looked at during the inspection and be considered as a part of the overall condition of the furnace, air conditioner or heat pump.
- Ensure that windows & coverings are accessible & operate smoothly. If some are stuck or painted shut, the impression will be that many windows cannot open. Also, remove window security screws or provide keys for window security locks.
- Replace all worn/damaged weather stripping.
- Replace all damaged window screens.
- Tighten all doorknobs and tighten or repair all handrails. Also, check to be sure that all interior doors will latch to the strike plate.
- Clear the way to the attic access panel or pull down, especially in a closet. The inspector will enter the homes attic space.
- Replace washers on all leaky faucets inside and outside.
- Adjust the garage door sensitivity to allow the door to reverse when an object is in the way.
- Be sure that there is a minimum of one smoke and carbon monoxide detector per floor.
- Provide keys or unlock sheds and outbuildings.
- Verify all utilities will be on at the time of inspection.
- Make sure gutters are clear of debris and that downspouts have extensions that carry water six to eight feet from the foundation.
- Install GFCI’s at all locations within six feet of water. Test the installed GFCI’s to make sure they operate.
- Remove or restrain pets on site.
- Be prepared for the inspector to operate and look in the following:
- Kitchen appliances, air conditioner, furnace, evaporative cooler, all doors and windows, all plumbing fixtures, garage doors, switches, ceiling fans, pool/spa equipment, whirlpool tubs etc. closets and cabinets.
- Allow the inspector to work without interruption. They are working and have a lot of liability with their job. It is best to leave the property while the inspector is doing his/her job.
- If there is a Radon test, canisters will be left in your home for 2-4 days. Please leave the canisters undisturbed and keep windows and doors closed during the duration of the test. The inspector will schedule a time to come back and retrieve the canisters.
Every property has it’s own issues and areas to deal with. This is just a practical guide to what may occur during the home inspection process.
Are you selling a home or purchasing a property and would like to request a home inspection contact Inspections Plus Guru, Residential and Commercial Home Inspections.
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