Home Inspections should be a top to bottom Inspection checking every aspect of your homes condition.
If you are buying a home you should always order a complete home inspection.
If you are preparing your home for sale here are some steps to prepare your home for an Inspection.
So, you've made the decision to sell and you have hopefully enlisted the help of a great Real Estate Agent. What can you do to help make a good first impression on potential buyers, justify your sale price and streamline the inevitable home inspection process? These are ten areas of concern I see every day that could easily (and inexpensively) be remedied prior to the buyer's home inspection:
- Exterior: It is important to have a properly operating home inside and out, take a perimeter walk around your home to check for overhanging tree branches, dead trees that could fall and overgrown shrubs against the walls of the home. Any trees and shrubs that are impeding on the home now, will certainly be much more evident in a couple months when they begin to fill back in.
- Roofing: Take a look up onto the roof are there any missing or damaged shingles that may need to be patched? Are the gutters in need of repairs? Is there a rain cap on the chimney? The majority of the chimneys I see do not have a cap installed to shield the open flues from rain, snow, leaves and critters. A chimney cap is an inexpensive and easy upgrade, but may require the assistance of a professional or handy-person to install it safely!
- Doors and Windows: Continue your walk around, checking all storm doors, exterior doors and windows. Most doors and windows require some sort of regular maintenance to help keep the outside out and the inside in. Usually this includes sealant around the edges. Most sealants only last around five years and you want to make sure yours isn't cracked and peeling.
- Decks and Stairs: Missing or broken deck boards and loose stair treads are one thing to look for and are easily identified. Decks over 30 inches from the ground need to have a guardrail. Steps or stairs requiring four or more steps to climb, need to have a handrail. All of the rails should be enclosed so that a four inch sphere cannot pass through at any point.
- Attic: Many problems in the attic go unnoticed for years, because most people rarely, if ever, go up there. Without adequate ventilation and insulation, warm moist air can get trapped in the attic area and a widespread layer of mold will form on the underside of the roof sheathing.
These are just a few of the area’s as a homeowner you can de a visual inspection and prepare for a professional inspector to come in and perform a more detailed report.
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