Selling a home can be a stressful time, there is so much to think about; keeping thehome clean, heading out on a moment’s notice to accommodate last minute showings,not to mention planning a move. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed.
Then you get that great offer and enter escrow. You’re relieved until you realize there’sa home inspection coming. Even a home meticulously maintained can have hiddenissues.
The good news is that you can prepare for the home inspection and make sureyou pass with flying colors.
Items to Check before a Home Inspection
Doors, windows, cabinets and drawers – check that they slide smoothly
Run water in sinks, tubs and showers – snake any that drain slowly
Evidence of water leaks – Garage ceiling, under sinks, around water heaters, etc.
GFIs – check your local code and put GFI plugs where required
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors must be in working order
Gutters and Roof – replace any missing roof tiles and clean gutters
HVAC – Consider a HVAC servicing to replace filters and check for problems
Water Heater – is it properly strapped and vented
Deferred maintenance – anything that has been neglected should be addressed beforethe home inspection.
The best defense is a good offence. This is true in home inspections too!
The best way toensure you have a great home inspection is to have a prelisting home inspection. It could bethe best couple hundred dollars you can spend – uncover the issues before the buyer does.