If you’re selling your home, there’s nothing more nerve-wracking than waiting for the results of the buyer’s home inspection.
Knowing what issues might come up during a home inspection can help alleviate that anxiety. The following tips can help you prepare you and your home for a home inspection:
1.Get your roof ready.
One of the first things potential buyers will look at when shopping for a home is the roof. Make sure yours will pass inspection. Clean gutters and remove debris from your roof. Make sure gutter downspout extensions are in place. Trim trees and bushes away from contact with the house. If you find worrisome signs, especially if your roof is older, get a professional assessment.
If your roof is 15 years old or more it may be time for a replacement.
2.Have your HVAC system checked.
Heating and air conditioning systems are at the top of the list for almost every homebuyer. If your home has older heating or A/C units, it may be worth the money to have a licensed HVAC company or technician perform a tune-up or HVAC maintenance before your home is inspected.
A tune-up can alert you to things such as rust in the heat exchanger, missing insulation on refrigerant lines or low refrigerant levels – all of which may turn up during a home inspection. During an HVAC tune-up, ask the HVAC provider to inspect the condition of the ducts to ensure that you’re not losing energy efficiency to holes or gaps in the ductwork.
3.Evaluate your electrical system.
A working electrical system is invaluable to any home, but electricity is dangerous. For that reason, an evaluation of your home’s electrical system or any work done on it should be conducted by a licensed electrician.
However, one way to check the status of your home’s electrical system is to purchase a receptacle tester and test that your home’s electrical outlets are working correctly. Install GFCI receptacles near all water sources. Check to make sure that overhead lights and ceiling fans are working correctly. Replace any burned out light bulbs.
4.Prevent any plumbing problems.
You can check a lot of your home’s plumbing system yourself. Look at the water supply lines to the sinks and toilets. Are the cutoff handles present and easy to turn? Check for and fix any leaks. Caulk around fixtures if necessary. Test your drains. Are they draining freely? These plumbing issues can be identified and corrected before a home inspection.
5.Work on your windows.
Ensure that windows 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 damaged window screens, and make sure all operating windows have screens.
Make sure the home inspector has access your attic, the crawl space and the electrical panel. Clear out cabinets under sinks so the home inspector can access and test those fixtures. Empty your washer and dryer so they can be tested. The day of the inspection, make sure that any household pets are secured.