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Preparing Sellers




How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

Preparing your home for inspection will not only present your property in its best condition, but will also help to prevent closing delays due to incomplete or repeated inspections. Attending to each of the following will ensure a prepared property and a smooth sale.

Seller Preparation

  • Make sure all interior and exterior light fixtures work.
  • Provide access to the furnace, water heater and electric panel.
  • Install a new furnace filter. It will be looked at during the inspection and be considered as part of the overall condition of the furnace or the heat pump.
  • Ensure all windows operate smoothly. If some are stuck or painted shut, the impression will be that many windows cannot open.
  • Replace all damaged window screens.
  • Tighten all doorknobs and tighten or repair all handrails, also check to be sure all interior doors will latch to the strike plate.
  • Make sure the attic is accessible, the inspector will enter the attic
  • Be sure that there is a minimum of one smoke detector per floor and in every bedroom and that they are in proper working condition
  • Provide keys, or unlock sheds and all outside buildings.
  • Divert all water away from the house, i.e. down spouts, sump pump, condensation drain, etc.
  • Remove grade or mulch from contact with siding, preferably 6 or more inches of clearance.
  • Proper grading recommended at the house including under decks/porches. Grade should slope away from structure.
  • Remove rotting wood/firewood from contact with the house.
  • Clean out dirty gutters or debris from the roof.
  • Clean out basement entry drains.
  • Where windows are at below grade, install window wells and covers.
  • Remove grade from contact of foundation vents.
  • Make sure all plumbing fixtures are in proper working order with no leaks.
  • Check that toilets are secure to the floor.
  • Check that bath vents are properly vented to the outside.
  • Install GFCI receptacles near all water sources; check present GFCI receptacles for proper operation.
  • Check sump pump for proper operation.
  • Check that crawlspace is dry and install a proper vapor barrier.
  • Remove any visible moisture from crawlspace, moisture should be below 18%.
  • Remove paint, solvents, gas, etc. from crawlspace, basement, attic, porch, etc.
  • If the house is vacant make sure all utilities are turned on.
  • Don’t do quick cheap repairs, this will clue in an inspector that amateur work has been done and will make him/her look closer at the house.


Buyer Preparation

There is little a buyer needs to do to prepare for a home inspection, but some preparation will ensure the home inspection is as productive as possible.

Attending the inspection gives you the chance to learn your way around the home and get an in-depth look at the property. Buyers who attend inspections can be assured that every detail has been inspected, and a thorough job done.


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